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.

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)
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)