Review Article

African materiality

Timothy Insoll

Books reviewed

François G. Richard (ed.) Materializing colonial encounters: archaeologies of African experience. 2015. xi+318 pages, numerous b&w illustrations. New York: Springer; 978-1-4939-2632-9 hardback $179.
Cameron Gokee. Assembling the village in medieval Bambuk: an archaeology of interaction at Diouboye, Senegal. 2016. xx+318 pages, numerous b&w illustrations. Sheffield & Bristol (CT): Equinox; 978-1-78179-040-3 hardback £85.
Jeffrey H. Altschul, Ibrahima Thiaw & Gerald Wait. A slave who would be king: oral tradition and archaeology of the recent past in the Upper Senegal River Basin. 2016. x+314 pages, 142 colour illustrations. Oxford: Archaeopress; 978-1-78491-351-9 paperback £60.
Stephanie Wynne-Jones. A material culture: consumption and materiality on the coast of precolonial East Africa. 2016. xiii+232 pages, several b&w illustrations. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-875931-7 hardback £70.


  • Timothy Insoll
    Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4ND, UK (Email: t.insoll [at]