Insoll, Timothy (Alexander) 1967-

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INSOLL, Timothy (Alexander) 1967-


Born December 1, 1967, in London, England. Education: University of Sheffield, B.A. (with first class honors), 1992; Cambridge University, Ph.D., 1996.


Office—School of Art History and Archaeology, University of Manchester, Oxford Rd., Manchester M13 9PL, England; fax: 0161-275-3331. E-mail—[email protected].


Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, research fellow and lecturer in archaeology and fellow at St. John's College, 1995-98; University of Manchester, Manchester, England, lecturer in archaeology, 1999—. Honorary archaeological advisor to the crown prince of Bahrain, 2001. Guest lecturer at institutions in England and abroad, including Free University of Brussels, 1998, 2000, King Saud University, 2000, University of Lund, 2002, and University of Chicago, 2003. Conducted field work in Bahrain, India, and multiple sites in Africa. Member of Bead Study Trust, 1997—, and Derbyshire Archaeological Advisory Committee, 1999—. Swan Hellenic Cruises, guest lecturer, 1998; British Museum Traveller, tour leader and lecturer, 2001; leader of archaeological field trips throughout England and in Scotland; curator of museum exhibitions; presenter of conferences, workshops, and seminars; consultant to Archaeology International, U.S. Department of State, British Institute in Eastern Africa, and Granada Factuals.


World Archaeological Congress, Royal Asiatic Society (fellow), Royal Geographical Society (fellow), British Institute in Eastern Africa, Saharan Studies Association, Islamic Art Circle of Great Britain, Forum for African Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Society for Arabian Studies, Society for Libyan Studies, Institute of Learning and Teaching, Sudan Archaeological Research Society, Society of Antiquaries of London (fellow).


Grants from British Academy, Royal Anthropological Institute, Royal Society of Antiquaries, and British Institute in Eastern Africa.


Islam, Archaeology, and History: Gao Region (Mali), ca. AD 900-1250 (monograph), Tempus Reparatum (Oxford, England), 1996.

The Archaeology of Islam, Blackwell Publishers (Oxford, England), 1999.

(Editor and contributor) Case Studies in Archaeology and World Religion: The Proceedings of the Cambridge Conference, Archaeopress (Oxford, England), 1999.

(Editor and contributor) Archaeology and World Religion, Routledge (London, England), 2001.

The Archaeology of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England), 2003.

Contributor to books, including The Medieval World, edited by P. Linehan and J. Nelson, Routledge (London, England), 2001; African Historical Archaeologies, edited by P. Land and A. Reid, Plenum Press (New York, NY); and The Archaeology of Plural and Changing Identities, edited by E. Conlin Casella and C. Fowler, Plenum Press (New York, NY). Contributor of articles and reviews to scholarly journals, including World Archaeology, Sahara, Antiquity, Journal of African History, Journal of World Prehistory, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, and Journal of Archaeological Science. Coeditor of special issue, Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 1994; member of editorial board, African Archaeological Review.

Some of Insoll's work has been translated into Turkish.


Archaeology and Religion, for Routledge (London, England), completion expected in 2004; The Land of Enki in the Islamic Era: Pearls, Palms, and Religious Identity in Bahrain, Kegan Paul (London, England).



American Antiquity, October, 1999, Said Ennahid, review of The Archaeology of Islam, p. 715.

Antiquity, December, 1999, N. James, review of Case Studies in Archaeology and World Religion: The Proceedings of the Cambridge Conference, p. 925; December, 2000, Nancy L. Benco, review of The Archaeology of Islam, p. 980.

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, September 9, 1999, Jonathan Benthall, review of The Archaeology of Islam, p. 465; December, 2002, N. Lahiri, review of Archaeology and World Religion, p. 777.

Times (London, England), April 6, 1999, "Something New out of Ancient Timbuktu."

Times Higher Education Supplement, February 11, 2001, "Tall Tales of Timbuktu"; March 17, 2001, Peter Shinnie, review of The Archaeology of Islam.

Washington Times, April 23, 1998, "Timbuktu's Archaeological Wealth Plundered for Sale."