Professor of African and Islamic Archaeology
Insoll T. (ed.). (2009). Materiality, Belief, Ritual - Archaeology and Material Religion. Special edition of Material Religion 5 (3). Oxford: Berg.

Insoll T. (ed.). (2009). Materiality, Belief, Ritual – Archaeology and Material Religion. Special edition of Material Religion 5 (3). Oxford: Berg.

This volume is available from www.bergpublishers.com/BergJournals/MaterialReligion/tabid/517/Default.aspx

Recently, research focused on the archaeology of ritual and religions has developed significantly. Yet the extent to which these studies engage with the materiality of ritual and religions and what this might tell us about their definition and reconstruction in past contexts is variable. This special themed peer-reviewed volume explores how far material culture and materiality itself can be ‘read’ in archaeological contexts as indicative of creating, sustaining, and possibly even transforming beliefs, ideas, understandings and values in relation to religion and ritual practice.