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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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)
Iron Age hillfort defences and the tactics of sling warfare
P. Robertson
Reviewed by Harold Mytum (University of Liverpool)
Making a mint. Comparative studies in Late Iron Age coin mould
M. Landon
Reviewed by Colin Haselgrove (University of Leicester)
Trypillia mega-sites and European prehistory 4100-3400 BC
Edited by Johannes Müller, Knut Rassmann and Mykhailo Videiko
Reviewed by Alexandra Anders (Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University)
Dress & identity in Iron Age Britain: A study of glass beads and other objects of personal ornament
E. Foulds
Reviewed by Helen Chittock (University of Oxford)
Evidential reasoning in archaeology
R. Chapman and A. Wylie
Reviewed by Adrian M. Chadwick (University of Bristol)
Ireland's first settlers: Time and the Mesolithic
P. Woodman
Reviewed by Ben Elliott (University of York)
William Boyd Dawkins and the Victorian science of cave hunting: Three men in a cavern
Mark White
Reviewed by John McNabb (University of Southampton)