Professor of African and Islamic Archaeology
Insoll, T. (ed.). (2011). Shrines, Substances and Medicine in Africa: Archaeological, Anthropological and Historical Perspectives. Special edition of Anthropology and Medicine 18 (2). Abingdon: Taylor and Francis.

Insoll, T. (ed.). (2011). Shrines, Substances and Medicine in Africa: Archaeological, Anthropological and Historical Perspectives. Special edition of Anthropology and Medicine 18 (2). Abingdon: Taylor and Francis.

This volume is available from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/canm20

Archaeologists, and to a lesser extent anthropologists and historians, have almost wholly neglected the substance and materiality of shrine based medicine practices in sub-Saharan Africa. This specially commissioned peer-reviewed edition of the journal redresses the absence of research. This is achieved through considering, for instance, disease transference and materialisation, the inter-relation of protection, shrines, medicine and well being, the composition of medicinal substances from shrines, and shrine franchising, spread, and transformation, from archaeological and other perspectives.