Otros pasados: ontologías alternativas y el estudio de lo que ha sido deals with clashes, conflicts, and convergences in the many ways humans have used material remains to explore and explain their pasts. Can a living bird be an archaeological trace? How do endangered languages provide insight into the historical and archaeological imagination? Why was a Mesopotamian queen connected to material remains in both Late Antique Armenia and early Colonial Mexico? This book brings together archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians to tackle questions about what the past is and has been in places as diverse as Inca Peru, Renaissance Italy, and contemporary Colombia.