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.

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)
Fragmenting the Chieftain: A practice-based study of Early Iron Age Hallstatt C elite burials in the Low Countries
Van der Vaart-Verschoof
Reviewed by Julia Farley (British Museum)
Houses of the dead? NSG Seminar Papers 17
Edited by A. Barclay, D. Field and J. Leary
Reviewed by Daniela Hofmann (Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion University of Bergen)
Late Bronze Age hoards: New light on old Norfolk finds
A.J. Lawson
Reviewed by Nigel Brown
Megalithic tombs in western Iberia: Excavations at the Anta da Lajinha
Edited by C. Scarre and L. Oosterbeek
Reviewed by B. Chapman (University of Reading)
The archaeology of the Iberian peninsula - from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age
K. Lillios
Reviewed by B. Chapman (University of Reading)
The smart Neanderthal: bird catching, cave art and the cognitive revolution
C. Finlayson
Reviewed by Clive Gamble (University of Southampton)
Wild things 2: Further advances in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic research
J. Walker and D. Clinnick
Reviewed by Taryn Bell (University of York)
Mining and quarrying in Neolithic Europe
A. Teather, P. Topping and J. Baczkowski
Reviewed by Frances Healy
Design and connectivity: The case of Atlantic Rock Art
J. Valdez-Tullett
Reviewed by Kate Sharpe (University of Durham)
First Textiles: The beginnings of textile manufacture in Europe and the Mediterranean
Małgorzata Siennicka, Lorenz Rahmstorf and Agata Ulanowska
Reviewed by Susanna Harris (University of Glasgow)
Economies of Destruction: How the systematic destruction of valuables created value in Bronze Age Europe, c. 2300-500 BC
D. Fontijn
Reviewed by M.G. Knight (Department of Scottish History and Archaeology, National Museums Scotland)
Enclosing space, opening new ground: Irons Age studies from Scotland to mainland Europe
Edited by Tanja Romankiewicz, Manuel Fernández-Götz, Gary Lock and Olivier Büchsenschütz
Reviewed by Richard Hingley (University of Durham)
A Bronze Age barrow cemetery at Andover Airfield, Penton Mewsey, near Weyhill, Hampshire: excavations 2007–10
I. Powell with L. Blackmore, J. Cotton and M. Henderson
Reviewed by Richard Massey (Cotswold Archaeology)
Embracing Bell Beaker: Adopting new ideas & objects across Europe during the later 3rd millennium BC
J. Kleijne
Reviewed by Alex Gibson