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.

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)
A geography of offerings: Deposits of valuables in the landscape of ancient Europe
R. Bradley
Reviewed by Sophia Adams (University of Bristol)
Sagaholm: North European Bronze Age rock art and burial ritual
J. Goldhaun
Reviewed by Courtney Nimura (Griffith University)
Underground archaeology: Studies on human bones and artefacts from Ireland's caves
Edited by M. Dowd
Reviewed by Lindsey Büster (University of Bradford)
Westward on the high-hilled plains: The later prehistory of the West Midlands
Edited by Derek Hurst
Reviewed by Patrick Clay (University of Leicester)
Care in the past: Archaeological and interdisciplinary perspectives
Edited by L. Powell, W. Southwell-Wright and R. Gowland
Reviewed by Louise Loe (Oxford Archaeology)
Decoding Neolithic Atlantic and Mediterranean island ritual
G. Nash and A. Townsend
Reviewed by Timothy Darvill (Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science, Bournemouth University)
First light - The origins of Newgrange
R. Hensey
Reviewed by Jessica Smyth (University College Dublin)
MeZolith: Stone age dreams and nightmares (Book 2)
B. Haggarty and A. Brockbank
Reviewed by Ben Elliott (University of York)
Archer, Journey to Stonehenge
J. Brayne
Reviewed by Susan Greaney (English Heritage & University of Cardiff)
Celtic from the West 3: Atlantic Europe in the metal ages
Edited by J. Koch and B. Cunliffe
Reviewed by Jody Joy (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge)
Stonehenge: The story if a sacred landscape
F. Pryor
Reviewed by Dave Field
The development of Neolithic house societies in Orkney
C. Richards and R. Jones
Reviewed by Oliver Harris (University of Leicester)
The Megalithic Architecture of Europe
Edited by L. Laporte and C. Scarre
Reviewed by George Nash (University of Bristol)