Archaeology and the New Metaphysical Dogmas: Comments on Ontologies and Reality

Artur Ribeiro
One of the most popular approaches in archaeological theory today is the New Materialisms. Unlike previous trends, such as processual and postprocessual archaeology, which established themselves as empirically based and to some extent accurate representations of the past, the New Materialisms have put forward arguments in the form of ontology, that is to say, as accurate representations of “reality” in itself. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate that metaphysical speculation and the discussion...
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