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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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
Star Carr, Volumes 1 & 2
N. Milner, C. Conneller and B. Taylor
Reviewed by Pippa Bradley (Wessex Archaeology)
The Poole Iron Age logboat
Edited by J. Berry, D. Parham and C. Appelby
Reviewed by Michael Bamforth (Research Associate, University of York; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sheffield)
Axe-heads and Identity: An investigation into the roles of imported axe-heads in identity formation in Neolithic Britain
K. Walker
Reviewed by Andy M. Jones (Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Truro)
Making a mark: Image and process in Neolithic Britain and Ireland
A.M. Jones and M. Diaz-Guardamino
Reviewed by Kate Sharpe (University of Durham)
Neolithic and Bronze age funerary and ritual practices in Wales, 3600-1200BC
G. Tellier
Reviewed by Jodie Lewis (University of Worcester)
Neolithic cave burials: Agency, structure and environment
R. Peterson
Reviewed by Marion Dowd (Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland)
L'habitat et l'occupation des sols a l'age du bronze et au debut du premier age do fer
L. Carozza, C. Marcigny and M. Talon
Reviewed by Brendan O'Connor (Edinburgh)
Movement, exchange and identity in Europe in the 2nd and 1st millennia BC
A. Lehoerff and M. Talon
Reviewed by Brendan O'Connor (Edinburgh)