Professor of African and Islamic Archaeology
Insoll T. (2015). Material Explorations in African Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 473 pp.Insoll T. (2015). Material Explorations in African Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 473 pp.

Insoll T. (2015). Material Explorations in African Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 473 pp.

This book provides an examination of materiality in African archaeology through exploring concepts of material agency and material engagement and entanglement in relation to how these can be manifest via persons, animals, objects, substances, and contexts. Although prominence is accorded archaeology, a multi-disciplinary focus is employed drawing material and ideas from, for example, ethnography, and history. Themes that are discussed include bodies and persons; the dead and the ancestors; animals; stone; earth and clay; shrines; landscapes; and healing, medicine, and divination. Concepts of recurrent significance explored include memory and biography, anomaly and the exotic, transformation, and metaphor and metonym.