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.

Breaking the surface: An art/archaeology of prehistoric architecture
D. Bailey
Reviewed by Julian Thomas (University of Manchester)
Metals, minds and mobility: Integrating scientific data with archaeological theory
Edited by X-L Armada, M. Murillo-Barosso and M. Charlton
Reviewed by Matthew G. Knight (National Museums of Scotland)
Social dimensions of food in the prehistoric Balkans
M. Ivanova, B. Athanassov, V. Petrova, D. Takorova and P. Stockhammer
Reviewed by Goce Naumov (Center for Prehistoric Research / Museum of Macedonia)
Unearthing childhood - Young lives in prehistory
R. Derricourt
Reviewed by Anna Rohnbogner (Independent Researcher)
Clifton quarry Worcestershire: Pits, pots and cereals. Archaeological Investigations 2006-2009
A. Mann and R. Jackson
Reviewed by Keith Ray (University of Cardiff)
Neolithic Britain: The transformation of social worlds
K. Ray and J. Thomas
Reviewed by Katharine Walker (University of Bournemouth)
The Tundzha Regional Archaeology Project: Surface Survey, Palaeoecology, and Associated Studies in Central and Southeast Bulgaria, 2009-2015 Final Report
S.A. Ross, A. Sobotkova, J. Tzvetkov, G. Nekhrizov and S. Connor
Reviewed by Bisserka Gaydarska (Independent scholar)
Stonehenge: The story so far
J. Richards
Reviewed by Jim Leary (University of York)
The archaeology of prehistoric burnt mounds in Ireland
Alan Hawkes
Reviewed by Mike Hodder (Honorary Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Birmingham)
Transforming the landscape: Rock art and the Mississippian cosmos
Edited by C. Diaz-Granados, J. Simek, G. Sabo III and M. Wagner
Reviewed by H. Denise Smith (Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta)
Art and architecture in Neolithic Orkney
A. Thomas
Reviewed by Tanja Romankiewicz (University of Edinburgh)
Understanding collapse: Ancient history and modern myths
Guy D. Middleton
Reviewed by John C. Barrett (University of Sheffield)
A Celtic feast: the Iron Age Cauldrons from Chiseldon, Wiltshire
Jody Joy
Reviewed by Sabine Gerloff (Berlin)
The Neolithic of Britain and Ireland
Vicki Cummings
Reviewed by Miles Russell (University of Bournemouth)
The times of their lives: Hunting history in the archaeology of Neolithic europe
A. Whittle
Reviewed by John Chapman (Independent scholar)
The classification of Chalcolithic and EBA copper and bronze axe-heads from Southern Britain
S. Needham
Reviewed by Dot Boughton (Oxford Archaeology)
Understanding ancient fortifications: between regionality and connectivity
Edited by A. Balmer, M. Fernandez-Goetz and D. P Melke
Reviewed by Colin Haselgrove (University of Leicester)
The passage tomb archaeology of the great mound at Knowth
G. Eogan and K. Cleary
Reviewed by Richard Bradley (University of Reading)
Neolithic Stepping Stones: Excavation and survey within the western seaways of Britain
D. Garrow and F. Sturt
Reviewed by Alison Sheridan (National Museum Scotland)
North meets South: Theoretical aspects on the Northern & Southern rock art traditions in Scandinavia
P. Skogland, J. Ling and U. Bertilsson
Reviewed by Clare Busher O'Sullivan (University College Cork)