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 use and reuse of stone circles: Fieldwork at five Scottish monuments and its implications
R. Bradley and C. Nimura
Reviewed by Kenneth Brophy (University of Glasgow)
Lost Landscapes of Palaeolithic Britain: The contribution of projects funded by the Aggregates Levy
Edited by M. White, with M. Bates, M. Pope, D. Schreve, B. Scott, A. Shaw and E. Stafford
Reviewed by Andy J. Howard (Landscape Research & Management, Bridgnorth, UK)
Settlement, Society and Cognition in Human Evolution: Landscapes in Mind
Edited by F. Coward, R. Hosfield, M. Pope and F. Wenban-Smith
Reviewed by Metin I. Eren & Michelle Rae Bebber (Department of Anthropology, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, U.S.A.)
Archaeology and Environment on the North Sea Littoral: A case study from Low Hauxley
C. Waddington and C. Bonsall
Reviewed by Alex Gibson (University of Bradford)
Cliffs End Farm, Isle of Thanet, Kent: a mortuary and ritual site of the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon Period with evidence for long-distance maritime mobility
J.I. McKinley, M. Leivers, J. Schuster, P. Marshall, A. Barclay and N. Stoodley
Reviewed by Joanna Brück (University of Bristol)
Préhistoires d'Europe. De Néanderthal à Vercingétorix 40,000-52 avant notre ère
Anne Lehoerff
Reviewed by Frances Healy
Wild Harvest: Plants in the Hominin and Pre-Agrarian Human Worlds
Karen Hardy and Lucy Kubiak-Martens
Reviewed by Inés López-Dóriga (Wessex Archaeology)
Hunters, Fishers and Foragers in Wales: Towards a Social Narrative of Mesolithic Lifeways
Malcolm Lillie
Reviewed by George Smith (Gwynedd Archaeological Trust)
Mining and Materiality: Neolithic chalk artefacts and their depositional contexts in S. Britain
Anne Teather
Reviewed by David Field
Uses and representation of space in the monumental graves of Neolithic Europe
Edited by G.E. Robin, André D'Anna, Aurore Schmitt and Maxence Bailly
Reviewed by Penny Bickle (University of York)
Preserved in the Peat: An extraordinary Bronze Age burial on Whitehorse Hill, Dartmoor
Andy M. Jones
Reviewed by Alex Gibson (University of Bradford)
The Archaeology of Darkness
Edited by R. Hensey and M. Dowd
Reviewed by Andrew Meirion Jones (University of Southampton)
The Bell Beaker Transition in Europe. Mobility and Local Evolution during the 3rd Millennium BC
Edited by M. Pilar Prieto Martinez andL Salanova
Reviewed by Neil Wilkin (The British Museum)
Death and Burial in Iron Age Britain
D.W. Harding
Reviewed by Tom Moore (University of Durham)
Images of the Ice Age
P.G. Bahn
Reviewed by Alex Hooper (Falmouth Art Gallery)
Prehistoric Rock Art in Scandinavia
C. Nimura
Reviewed by Alex Hooper (Falmouth Art Gallery)
Rock art through time: Scanian carvings in the Bronze Age and earliest Iron Age
P. Skogland
Reviewed by Kenneth Lymer (Wessex Archaeology)
Scotland in Later Prehistoric Europe
Edited by F. Hunter and I. Ralston
Reviewed by Niall Sharples (University of Cardiff)
The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland
M. Dowd
Reviewed by Lindsey Büster (University of Bradford)
The Lives of Prehistoric Monuments in Iron Age, Roman and Medieval Europe
Edited by M. Diaz-Guardamino, L. Garcia Sanjuan and D. Wheatley
Reviewed by Catriona Gibson (University of Reading)