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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Constructing Time in South American Prehistory

5th March 2013, 17:30, Dowrick Suite, Trevelyan College, Professor Jerry Moore

In this lecture, I summarize my research as an IAS Fellow, an investigation into how archaeologists conceptualize time in South American prehistory. This project engaged with three lines of inquiry. First, I have examined indigenous South American conceptions of time and the potential relevance of these native temporalities for archaeological research and reconstructions. Second, I have investigated the various chronologies and chronographies used in South American prehistory to see what they—as artifacts of archaeological practice—can tell us about the systems of knowledge we create and the assumptions embedded within them. Third, I am interested in the possible existence of synchronicities in archaeological chronologies, as indicators of other variables at play in our views of prehistory. These issues are explored in light of archaeological case studies across prehistoric South America, concluding with a discussion of the implications and connections between these different domains of inquiry.

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