Professor of African and Islamic Archaeology
Insoll, T., MacLean, R., and Kankpeyeng, B. (2013). Temporalising Anthropology. Archaeology in the Talensi Tong Hills, Northern Ghana. Frankfurt: Africa Magna Verlag. 270 pp.

Insoll, T., MacLean, R., and Kankpeyeng, B. (2013). Temporalising Anthropology. Archaeology in the Talensi Tong Hills, Northern Ghana. Frankfurt: Africa Magna Verlag. 270 pp.

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This volume contains the results of significant fieldwork completed in the Tong Hills of Northern Ghana, an area currently inhabited by the Talensi ethno-linguistic group. Although made anthropologically renowned by the anthropologist Meyer Fortes, the archaeology and material culture of the Talensi Tong Hills had largely been neglected until the research initiated by the authors. Extensive archaeological surveys and excavations were completed allied with ethnoarchaeological and ethnobotanical research on shrines, sacrifice, and indigenous medicine. The data is presented and described, and a settlement chronology for the region reconstructed. The results of the geological, organic geochemical, petrographic, and archaeometallurgical analyses are provided. The function of shrines and the meaning of ‘shrine’ as a concept are evaluated, and indigenous medicinal practices, their links with shrines, and their substances, materiality, and archaeological implications assessed with reference to the primary empirical material gathered. Ritual, performance, and its inter-relation with the past and the archaeological record are also considered so as to question the ‘timelessness’ of previous anthropological presentations. The Tong Hills are also discussed with reference to their place in the wider history and archaeology of the region. This book will be useful to anyone interested in the archaeology and anthropology of African indigenous religions and ritual practices, as well as those interested in West African history, and the relationship between archaeology and anthropology.