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Using the present to interpret the past: The role of ethnographic studies in Andean Archaeology

Sillar, B; Ramon Joffre, G; (2016) Using the present to interpret the past: The role of ethnographic studies in Andean Archaeology. World Archaeology , 48 (5) pp. 656-673. 10.1080/00438243.2016.1211033. Green open access

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Abstract

Within Andean research it is common to use ethnographic analogies to aid the interpretation of archaeological remains, and ethnographers and archaeologists have developed shared research in technology, material culture and material practice. Although most of this research does not follow the detailed recording methods of spatial patterning envisioned in earlier formulations of ethnoarchaeology, it has had a profound effect on how archaeology in the region has been interpreted. This paper uses examples from the study of pottery production to address earlier debates about the use of ethnographic analogy, discusses the dangers of imposing an idealised or uniform vision of traditional Andean societies onto earlier periods (‘Lo Andino’) but stresses the benefits of combining ethnographic and archaeological research to explore continuities and changes in cultural practice and regional variations.

Type: Article
Title: Using the present to interpret the past: The role of ethnographic studies in Andean Archaeology
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2016.1211033
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2016.1211033
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: South America, Ethnoarchaeology, Pottery, ‘lo Andino’, Craft Production, Technology
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1503883
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