Title: Pathways to pluralism: Ethnographic analogy in Mali and in the Casas Grandes Region (Chihuahua)
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Haury Room 215
Dr. Jerimy Cunningham
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Lethbridge, Canada
University Indian Ruin Resident Scholar
Abstract: Over the past two decades, archaeologists have tended to downplay their reliance on ethnographic analogies even though analogical reasoning is still acknowledged to be fundamental to archaeological interpretation. In this discussion, I revisit analogy’s role in archaeology’s epistemology and suggest that an expanded use of ethnographic insights might allow the discipline to achieve a more robust, standpoint-based pluralism. I build my discussion by describing both previous ethnoarchaeological work among potters and their clients in the Inland Niger Delta of Mali and my current archaeological research program in the Casas Grandes area of Chihuahua.