Timothy Insoll (born 1967) is a British archaeologist and academic. He specialises in the archaeology of religions and rituals and, in particular, the archaeology of Islam in Africa, and African indigenous religions. He is a lecturer at the University of Manchester, and has published widely.
|Born||1967 (age 51–52)|
|Alma mater||University of Sheffield |
St John's College, Cambridge
|Known for||Excavation and research in sub-Saharan Africa and Bahrain|
Having completed his doctorate, Insoll became a research fellow at St John's College, Cambridge (1995–1998). Appointed as a lecturer at Manchester in 1999, he was promoted to the position of senior lecturer, and then reader in 2004, being awarded a personal chair in 2005, where he is professor of African and Islamic archaeology. He is an honorary curator of the Ghana Museums Board and honorary academic curator of African Archaeology at Manchester Museum.
Insoll is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Asiatic Society, and is currently on the editorial boards of Antiquity, Ghana Social Science Journal, Journal of African Archaeology, Journal of Islamic Archaeology, Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, and Material Religion. Previously he was on the editorial board of the African Archaeological Review.
Insoll is an active field archaeologist having directed archaeological fieldwork in Gao and Timbuktu in Mali, Dahlak Kebir in Eritrea, Gujarat in western India, the Tong Hills of northern Ghana, Bilad al-Qadim in Bahrain, and currently in the Harar region of eastern Ethiopia. He has also participated in field projects in Rakai district in Uganda, on Pemba Island, in Koma Land in northern Ghana, and in the Mursi area of south-west Ethiopia.
|Islam, Archaeology and History: Gao Region (Mali) Ca.AD 900-1250||1996||n/a||Tempus Reparatum (Oxford)||0860548325|
|Case Studies in Archaeology and World Religion: The Proceedings of the Cambridge Conference||1999||n/a (edited volume)||Archaeopress (Oxford)||0860439569|
|The Archaeology of Islam||1999||n/a||Blackwell (Oxford)||0631201157|
|Urbanism, Archaeology and Trade: Further Observations on the Gao Region (Mali). The 1996 Fieldseason Results||2000||n/a||British Archaeological Reports (Oxford)||1841711233|
|Archaeology and World Religion||2001||n/a (edited volume)||Routledge (London)||0415221552|
|The Archaeology of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa||2003||n/a||Cambridge University Press (Cambridge)||0521657024|
|Belief in the Past: The Proceedings of the 2002 Manchester Conference on Archaeology and Religion||2004||n/a||Archaeopress (Oxford)||1841715751|
|Archaeology, Religion, Ritual||2004||n/a||Routledge (London)||0415253136|
|The Land of Enki in the Islamic Era: Pearls, Palms, and Religious Identity in Bahrain||2005||n/a||Kegan Paul (London)||0710309600|
|The Archaeology of Identities: A Reader||2007||n/a||Routledge (Abingdon)|
|Archaeology: The Conceptual Challenge||2007||n/a||Duckworth (London)|
|Current Archaeological Research in Ghana||2008||n/a||Archaeopress (Oxford)||9781407303345|
|An Archaeological Guide to Bahrain||2011||Rachel MacLean||Archaeopress (Oxford)|
|The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion||2011||n/a (edited volume)||Oxford University Press (Oxford)|
|Temporalising Anthropology. Archaeology in the Talensi Tong Hills, Northern Ghana||2013||Rachel MacLean, Benjamin Kankpeyeng||Africa Magna (Frankfurt)||9783937248356|