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 reviews@prehistoricsociety.org if you’d like to discuss an idea for a review. Guidelines for reviews can be found below.

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)
The Beaker People. Isotopes, mobility and diet in prehistoric Britain
Edited by M. Parker Pearson, A. Sheridan, M. Jay, A. Chamberlain, M. P Richards and J. Evans
Reviewed by Marc Vander Linden (University of Cambridge)
The Gwithian landscape: Molluscs and archaeology on Cornish sand dunes
T.M. Walker
Reviewed by Mike Allen (Allen Environmental Archaeology and Department of Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science, Bournemouth University)
The power of ritual in prehistory: Secret societies and origins of social complexity
B. Hayden
Reviewed by Timothy Clack (University of Oxford)
The Selhurst Park Project: Middle Barn, Selhurst Park Farm, Eartham, West Sussex, 2005-2008
G. Anelay
Reviewed by Louise Rayne (Archaeology South-East, UCL Institute of Archaeology)
Bronze Age settlement and land use in Thy, northwest Denmark
Edited by J-H Bech, B. Valentin Eriksen and K. Kristiansen
Reviewed by Mark Vander Linden (University of Cambridge)
Kingdom, civitas and county: The evolution of territorial identity in the English landscape
S. Rippon
Reviewed by Paul Booth