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Animating archaeology: local theories and conceptually open-ended methodologies

Animating archaeology: local theories and conceptually open-ended methodologies
Animating archaeology: local theories and conceptually open-ended methodologies
Animists’ theories of matter must be given equivalence at the level of theory if we are to understand adequately the nature of ontological difference in the past. The current model is of a natural ontological continuum that connects all cultures, grounding our culturally relativist worldviews in a common world. Indigenous peoples’ worlds are thought of as fascinating but ultimately mistaken ways of knowing the world. We demonstrate how ontologically oriented theorists Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Karen Barad and Tim Ingold in conjuncture with an anti-representationalist methodology can provide the necessary conditions for alternative ontologies to emerge in archaeology. Anthropo-zoomorphic ‘body-pots’ from first-millennium ad northwest Argentina anticipate the possibility that matter was conceptualized as chronically unstable, inherently undifferentiated, and ultimately practice dependent.
archaeology, relational ontologies, feminist theory, argentina
0959-7743
344-356
Alberti, Benjamin
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Marshall, Yvonne
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Alberti, Benjamin
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Marshall, Yvonne
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Alberti, Benjamin and Marshall, Yvonne (2009) Animating archaeology: local theories and conceptually open-ended methodologies. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 19 (3), 344-356. (doi:10.1017/S0959774309000535).

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Animists’ theories of matter must be given equivalence at the level of theory if we are to understand adequately the nature of ontological difference in the past. The current model is of a natural ontological continuum that connects all cultures, grounding our culturally relativist worldviews in a common world. Indigenous peoples’ worlds are thought of as fascinating but ultimately mistaken ways of knowing the world. We demonstrate how ontologically oriented theorists Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Karen Barad and Tim Ingold in conjuncture with an anti-representationalist methodology can provide the necessary conditions for alternative ontologies to emerge in archaeology. Anthropo-zoomorphic ‘body-pots’ from first-millennium ad northwest Argentina anticipate the possibility that matter was conceptualized as chronically unstable, inherently undifferentiated, and ultimately practice dependent.

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Published date: September 2009
Keywords: archaeology, relational ontologies, feminist theory, argentina

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Local EPrints ID: 79847
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79847
ISSN: 0959-7743
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Date deposited: 22 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:16

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