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The Past Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
2012 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In Andean cognition the embodiment of the past is different from many other ways to spatiallyrelate the position of the body to time. This epistemology is for instance expressed in the Quechuaword ñawpa, which signifies that the past is “in front of us;” it is known and can be seen. Seeing andknowing the past in this way reverberates within the historical ecological argument that the presentis contingent with the past and is explicitly reflected within the contributions to this volume. “ThePast Ahead: Language, Culture, and Identity in the Neotropics” forms a collection of reworkedpapers originally presented in shorter format by archaeologists, anthropologists, and linguists atthe research symposium “Archaeology and Society in Bolivia” organized at Uppsala University bythe editor. The volume includes chapters by Jan-Åke Alvarsson, Lisbet Bengtsson, Roger Blench,Sergio Calla, Christian Isendahl, Carla Jaimes, John Janusek, Adriana Muñoz, Heiko Prümers,Walter Sánchez, Per Stenborg, Juan Marcelo Ticona, and Charlotta Widmark examining a series ofdifferent aspects of agriculture, complex societies, identities, landscape, languages, and urbanism inthe highland and lowland Neotropics that all highlight the significance of the past in the present.

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Uppsala: Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History , 2012, 1. , 262 p.
Studies in Global Archaeology, ISSN 1651-1255 ; 18
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Neotropics, archaeology, historical ecology, language, culture, identity, agriculture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176641ISBN: 978-91-506-2289-8OAI: diva2:536297
Available from: 2013-01-23 Created: 2012-06-21 Last updated: 2013-01-23Bibliographically approved

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