Archaeology in Latin America

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This pioneering and comprehensive survey is the first overview of current themes in Latin American archaeology written solely by academics native to the region, and it makes their collected expertise available to an English-speaking audience for the first time.
The contributors cover the most significant issues in the archaeology of Latin America, such as the domestication of camelids, the emergence of urban society in Mesoamerica, the frontier of the Inca empire, and the relatively little known archaeology of the Amazon basin.
This book draws together key areas of research in Latin American archaeological thought into a coherent whole; no other volume on this area has ever dealt with such a diverse range of subjects, and some of the countries examined have never before been the subject of a regional study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415221580
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/20/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Gustavo G. Politis is Professor at the Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, and at the Universidad Nacional de la Plata.
Benjamin Alberti is currently engaged in research and teaching at Southampton University.

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Table of Contents

1. Gustavo G. Politis--Introduction

PART I: History and Theory: The development of contemporary archaeology in Latin America

2. Pedro Paulo A. Funari--Brazilian Archaeology: A Reappraisal

3. Jose M. Lopez Mazz--Some Aspects of the French Influence Upon Uruguayan and Brazilian Archaeology

4. Iraida Vargas Arenas and Mario Sanoja--Archaeology as a Social Science: Its Expression in Latin America

5. Jose Luis Lanata and Luis Alberto Borrero--The Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers in South America: Recent History and New Directions

PART II: Key issues in Latin American archaeology

6. Linda Manzanilla--The Emergence of Complex Urban Societies in Central Mexico: The Case of Teotihuacan

7. Duccio Bonavia--The Domestication of Andean Camelids

8. Mario Sanoja and Iraida Vargas Arenas--Early Modes of Life of the Indigenous Population of Northeastern Venezuela

9. Rodolfo Raffino and Ruben Stehberg--Twantinsuyu: The Frontiers of the Inca Empire

PART III: New Directions

10. Cesar Velandia--The Archaeological Culture of San Agustin: Towards a New Interpretation

11. Eduardo G. Neves--Changing Perspectives in Amazonian Archaeology

12. Carl Henrik Langebaek R.--Pre-Columbian Metallurgy and Social Change: Two Case Studies from Colombia

13. Cristobal Gnecco--Archaeology and Historical Multi-Vocality: A Reflection from the Colombian Multi-Cultural Context

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