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.

The ancient Celts (2nd edition)
B. Cunliffe
Reviewed by Jody Joy (University of Cambridge)
The Roman Amphitheatre of Chester, Volume 1: The Prehistoric and Roman archaeology
T. Wilmott and D. Garner
Reviewed by Nicky Garland (Newcastle University)
A lake dwelling in its landscape: Iron Age settlement at Cults Loch, Castle Kennedy
G. Cavers and A. Crone
Reviewed by Benjamin Gearey (University College Cork)
Painting pots, painting people: Late Neolithic ceramics in ancient Mesopatamia
W. Cruells, I. Mateiciucova and O. Nieuwenhuyse
Reviewed by Emilie Sibbesson (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Bodies of Clay: Prehistoric humanised pottery
H. Schwarzberg and V. Becker
Reviewed by Maria Mina (University of Cyprus)
Cartimandua's Capital:The late Iron Age royal site at Stanwick, North Yorkshire
Edited by C. Haselgrove
Reviewed by Ian Armit (University of Bradford)
Fishing: How the sea fed civilisation
B. Fagan
Reviewed by Harry K. Robson (University of York)
On the ocean: The Mediterranean and the Atlantic from prehistory to AD 1500
B. Cunliffe
Reviewed by Jon Henderson (Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Nottingham)
The chambered tombs of the Isle of Man: A study by Audrey Henshall, 1969-1978
Edited by F. lynch and P. Davey
Reviewed by Vicki Cummings (School of Forensic and Applied Sciences, University of Central Lancashire)
The story of Alderley: Living with the Edge
Edited by A.J. N Prag
Reviewed by Mel Giles (University of Manchester)
Yarnton: Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement and landscape
G. Hey, C. Bell, C. Dennis and M. Robinson
Reviewed by Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Institute of Archaeology)
Engaging with the dead. Exploring changing human beliefs about death, mortality and the human body
Edited by J. Bradbury and C. Scarre
Reviewed by Natasha Powers (Allen Archaeology Ltd)
Scythians: Warriors of ancient Siberia
St John Simpson and S. Pankova
Reviewed by Liliana Janik & Simon Kaner (University of Cambridge & Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and University of East Anglia)
Ancient ivory: Masterpieces of the Assyrian Empire
G. Herrmann
Reviewed by Marian H. Feldman (The Johns Hopkins University)
Children, death and burial: Archaeological discourses
Edited by E. Murphoy and M. Le Roy
Reviewed by Sophie Newman (University of Sheffield)
Moving on in Neolithic studies: Understanding mobile lives
Edited by J. Leary and T. Kador
Reviewed by J. Pollard (University of Southampton)
The diversity of hunter gatherer pasts
Edited by B. Finlayson and G. Warren
Reviewed by Clive Gamble (Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins, University of Southampton)
Brochs and the Empire: The impact of Rome on Iron Age Scotland as seen in the Leckie broch excavations
E.W. Mackie
Reviewed by N. Sharples (University of Cardiff)
Economic zooarchaeology: Studies in hunting, herding and early agriculture
P. Rowley-Conwy, D. Serjeantson, and P. Halstead
Reviewed by J.S. Gaastra (Inst of Archaeology, UCL)
Hillforts and the Durotriges: A geophysical survey of Iron Age Dorset
D. Stewart and M. Russell
Reviewed by G. Lock (University of Oxford)