Lithic Technology and South American Alterity: The expeditive artifacts decolonized. Theory of knowledge and analysis practices combined.




This symposium is the result of some reflections concerning the theoretical and epistemic positions that cover the interpretations of lithic industries as "expeditive", "informal" or "little elaborated". The lithic industries (or their components) that receive these categorizations are invested with properties that approximate them to a "simple", "less complex", "archaic" or "opportunistic" status. The counterpart understand lithic industries as "elaborated", "complex", "modern" or "curated". Within this dichotomy, the discussion has traditionally focused on problems of manufacture and use, style and function, aiming at evaluating the technical complexity of artifacts, out their own otherness. In this way, we question the methodological, theoretical, epistemological and ontological foundations that inform the analyst´s perception at the moment of making such a cut on the lithic industries. We ask ourselves what criteria define this technical complexity. We hope to receive contributions that questions the attributed categorizations, seeking to carry out a logicist elucidation for the foundation of studies in lithic technology. The proponents can present their communications based on analyzes that they have made or are currently conducting on lithic assemblages; as well as proposals for analyzes that are not yet in the classification phase, but that inquire about the variability of the South American lithic industries. In summary, this symposium aims to discuss both the theory and practice of lithic analysis, decolonizing your interpretation, as from a critique review of the notion of expediency.

key words:

Lithic Expediency, Method, Analysis, South American Alterity, Technology.




Tatiane de Souza, Doutoranda pela Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil. Aluna Visitante da Universidade de Cambridge, UK.

Antonio Pérez, Maestrando en co-tutela por la Universidad Nacional de Trujillo (Trujillo, Perú)/Université de Rennes 1 (Rennes, Francia).

Marcos Paulo Ramos, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Doutorando em regime de co-tutela Museu Nacional da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro


symposium commentator:


Prof. Dr. Carlos Aschero