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.

Made for trade: A new view of Icenian coinage
John Talbot
Reviewed by D. Holman (Independent numismatist)
The Oxford handbook of zooarchaeology
Edited by U. Albarella, with M. Rizzetto, H. Russ, K. Vickers and S. Viner-Daniels
Reviewed by L. Higbee (Wessex Archaeology)
Written in Stone
Edited by R. Shaffrey
Reviewed by Roy Loveday (Honorary Research Fellow, University of Leicester)
Assembling Çatalhöyük. Themes in contemporary archaeology, Volume 1
Edited by I. Hodder and A. Marciniak
Reviewed by Daniela Hofmann (University of Hamburg)
Osseous projectile weaponry: towards an understanding of Pleistocene cultural variability
Edited by M.C. Langley
Reviewed by Ben Elliott (University of York)
Social change in Aegean prehistory
Edited by C. Wiersma and S. Voutsaki
Reviewed by Yannis Galanakis (University of Cambridge)
Early humans
N. Ashton
Reviewed by Andrew Shaw (University of Southampton)
Flint daggers in prehistoric Europe
C.J. Frieman and B. V Eriksen
Reviewed by Philippa Bradley (Wessex Archaeology)
From cooking vessels to cultural practices in the late Bronze Age Aegean
Edited by J. Hruby and D. Trusty
Reviewed by Ina Berg (University of Manchester)
Life and death in the Mesolithic of Sweden
M. Larsson
Reviewed by Nicky Milner (University of York)
Twice-crossed River: prehistoric and palaeoenvironmental investigations at Barleycroft Farm/Over Cambridgeshire
C. Evans, with J. Tabor and M. Vander Linden
Reviewed by Jane Sidell (Historic England)
Woodland in the Neolithic of northern Europe: The forest as ancestor
G. Noble
Reviewed by Ruth Pelling (Historic England)
Across the Alps in prehistory: Isotopic mapping of the Brenner Passage by bioarchaeology
G. Grupe, A. Grigat and G. McGlynn
Reviewed by Mandy Jay (Durham University (Honorary Research Fellow))
Molluscs in archaeology: Methods, approaches and applications
Edited by M. Allen
Reviewed by Charles French (University of Cambridge)
The Making of Prehistoric Wiltshire
D. McOmish and D. Field
Reviewed by Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Institute of Archaeology)
The Neolithic of Europe: Papers in honour of Alasdair Whittle
Edited by P. Bickle, V. Cummings, D. Hofmann and J. Pollard
Reviewed by Alex Gibson (University of Bradford)
50 finds from Hampshire: Objects from the Portable Antiquities Scheme
K. Hind
Reviewed by Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger (County Archaeologist, Wiltshire Council)
50 finds from Wiltshire: Objects from the Portable Antiquities Scheme
R. Henry
Reviewed by Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger (County Archaeologist, Wiltshire Council)
An upland biography: Landscape and prehistory on Gardom's Edge
J. Barnatt, B. Bevan and M. Edmonds
Reviewed by Roger Martlew (Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust)
Archaeology and landscape at the Land's End, Cornwall: The West Penwith surveys 1980-2010
P. Herring, N. Johnson, A. Jones, J. Nowakowski, A. Sharpe and A. Young
Reviewed by Lee Bray (Dartmoor National Park Authority)