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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Pattern and process: Landscape prehistories from Whittlesey Brick Pits: the King's Dyke & Bradley Fen excavations 1998–2004
M. Knight and M. Brudenell
Reviewed by Nigel Brown
Indigenous heritage and rock art: Worldwide research in memory of Daniel Arsenault
Edited by C. Charette, A. Mazel and G. Nash
Reviewed by Kenneth Lymer (Independent Scholar)
Timeline: The Archaeology of the south Wales gas pipeline
T. Darvill, A. David, S. Griffiths, J. Hart, H. James, K. Murphy and J. Rackham
Reviewed by Elizabeth A. Walker (Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales)
Chalk Hill: Neolithic and Bronze Age discoveries at Ramsgate, Kent
P. Clark, J. Shand and J. Weekes
Reviewed by Al Oswald (PhD candidate at the University of York)
Kindred: Neanderthal life, love, death and art
R. Wragg Sykes
Reviewed by James Cole (University of Brighton)
Stonehenge for the ancestors. Part 1: Landscape and monuments
M. Parker Pearson, J. Pollard, C. Richards, J. Thomas, C. Tilley and K. Welham
Reviewed by Phil Harding (Wessex Archaeology)
The horse butchery site: A high resolution record of Lower Palaeo. hominin behaviour at Boxgrove, UK
Edited by M. Pope, S. A Parfitt and M. B Roberts
Reviewed by Francis Wenban-Smith (University of Southampton)
The Ness of Brodgar: As it stands
Edited by N. Card, M. Edmonds and A. Mitchell
Reviewed by Susa Greaney (Cardiff University/ English Heritage)
Aspects of the Bronze Age in the Atlantic Archipelago and Beyond: Proceedings from the Belfast Bronze Age Forum, 9–10 November 2013
Edited by D. Brandherm
Reviewed by Juan Latorre-Ruiz (Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford)
Making one's way in the world: the footprints and trackways of prehistoric people
M. Bell
Reviewed by Michael Bamforth (Research Associate, University of York Honorary; Research Fellow, University of Sheffield)
Rectory Farm, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire: Excavations 1988–95, Neolithic monument to Roman villa farm
A. Lyons
Reviewed by Roy Loveday (Honorary Research Fellow, School of Arch and Ancient History, University of Leicester)
Ceremonial living in the 3rd millennium BC: Excavations at Ringlemere site M1, Kent 2002-6
K. Parfitt and S. Needham
Reviewed by Susan Greaney (Cardiff University/ English Heritage)
Coton Park, Rugby, Warwickshire: A middle Iron Age settlement with copper alloy casting
A. Chapman
Reviewed by Phil Andrews (Wessex Archaeology)
Exploring Celtic origins: New ways forward in archaeology, linguistics & genetics
Edited by B. Cunliffe and J. T Koch
Reviewed by Chris Fowler (Newcastle University)
Objects of the Past in the Past: Investigating the Significance of Earlier Artefacts in Later Contexts
Edited by M.G. Knight, D. Boughton and R.E. Wilkinson
Reviewed by Sophia Adams (SUERC, University of Glasgow)
Figurine makers of prehistoric Cyprus: Settlement and cemeteries at Souskiou
E. Peltenburg, D. Bolger and L. Crewe
Reviewed by Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou (Institute of Archaeology, University College London)
The rock-art landscape of Rombalds Moor - Standing on holy ground
V. Deacon
Reviewed by Kenneth Lymer (Wessex Archaeology)
Blick Mead: Exploring the first place in the Stonehenge landscape
D. Jacques, T. Phillips and T. Lyons
Reviewed by M. Leivers (Wessex Archaeology, Salisbury and Cultural Heritage Institute, Royal Agricultural University)
Hillforts: Britain, Ireland and the near continent: Papers from the atlas of hillforts, etc
Edited by G. Lock and I. Ralston
Reviewed by Manuel Fernández-Götz (University of Edinburgh)
The Arras culture of eastern Yorkshire: Celebrating the Iron age, etc
Edited by P. Halkon
Reviewed by Jody Joy (Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge)