Book reviews

The Prehistoric Society provides reviews of recently published books on all areas of prehistory. We handpick experts on relevant fields to produce thoughtful reviews that summarise content and present individual perspectives on new publications.

We also accept proposals for reviews. Please get in touch with our Reviews Editor via if you’d like to discuss an idea for a review. Guidelines for reviews can be found below.

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Death in Irish prehistory
Gabriel Cooney
Reviewed by Penny Bickle (University of York)
Chariots, swords and spears: Iron Age burials at the foot of the east Yorkshire Wolds
Mark Stephens (eds)
Reviewed by Adelle Bricking (Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales)
Moel-y-Gaer (Bodfari): A small hillfort in Denbighshire, North Wales
Gary Lock
Reviewed by Dr Toby Driver (RCAHMW/Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Cymru)
Boom and bust in Bronze Age Britain: The Great Orme copper mine and European trade
R Alan Williams
Reviewed by Simon Timberlake (McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge & Early Mines Research Group (UK))
Crickley Hill, Volume 2: The hillfort settlements
Philip Dixon
Reviewed by Nicky Garland (University of York)
Grave goods: objects and death in later prehistoric Britain
A Cooper, D Garrow, C Gibson, M Giles & N Wilkin
Reviewed by Lindsey Büster (Canterbury Christ Church University/University of York)
Challenging preconceptions of the European Iron Age: Essays in honour of Prof. John Collis
Wendy Morrison (eds)
Reviewed by Oliver Davis (Cardiff University)
Living with monuments: Excavations at Flixton, Volume 2
Stuart Boulter
Reviewed by Andrew Peachey (Wardell Armstrong)
Environment, archaeology and landscape: papers in honour of Prof. Martin Bell
Catherine Barnett & Thomas Walker (eds)
Reviewed by Jane Sidell ( UCL (Honorary lecturer))
Iron Age chariot burials in Britain and the near continent: networks of mobility, exchange and belief in the 3rd & 2nd centuries BC
Greta Anthoons
Reviewed by Rebecca L. Ellis (PhD Candidate, University of Hull)
Old Oswestry hillfort and its landscape: Ancient past, uncertain future
Tim Malim & George Nash (eds)
Reviewed by Andy Valdez-Tullett (Wessex Archaeology)
A biography of power: Research and excavations at the Iron Age oppidum of Bagendon, Gloucestershire (1979-2017)
Tom Moore
Reviewed by Oliver Davis (Cardiff University)
A welsh landscape through time: Excavations at Parc Cybi, Holy Island, Anglesey
J Kenney, with F Lynch & A Davidson
Reviewed by Daniela Hofmann (Bergen University)
Beacons in the landscape: The hillforts of England, Wales and the Isle of Man
I brown
Reviewed by Mark Bowden
Crossing the Alps: Early Urbanism Between Northern Italy and Central Europe (900–400 BC)
Edited By Lorenzo Zamboni, Manuel Fernández-Götz and Carola Metzner-Nebelsick
Reviewed by Colin Haselgrove (University of Leicester)
Tripolye Typo-Chronology. Mega and Smaller Sites in the Sinyukha River Basin
Liudmila Shatilo
Reviewed by John Chapman (Independent scholar)
Bronze Age worlds: a social prehistory of Britain and Ireland
R. Johnston
Reviewed by Steven Matthews (German Archaeological Institute (DE) / Groningen Institute of Archaeology, University of Groningen (NL))
Die Neolitisches tellsiedlung in Gălăbnik
J. Pavuk and A. Bakamska
Reviewed by John Chapman (Independent scholar)
First Farmers of the Carpathian Basin: Changing Patterns in Subsistence, Ritual and Monumental Figurines
Eszter Bánffy
Reviewed by John Chapman (Independent scholar)
Iron Age fortification beside the River Lark: Excavations at Mildenhall, Suffolk
T. Harvard, M. Alexander and R. Holt
Reviewed by Helen Chittock (AOC Archaeology)