Introductions to Prehistory

Introduction

Prehistory is a dynamic area of study in which interpretations can change radically in response to new evidence or developments in investigative techniques. Introductory books on the subject can therefore rapidly become out of date. In response to this problem and to aid the rapid retrieval of accessible, authoritative statements on aspects of the subject, members of the Prehistoric Society have produced the following documents. 

Each entry is a short summary of current thinking with suggestions for further reading. Readers wishing to keep abreast of unfolding evidence in archaeology generally are advised to subscribe to British Archaeology or Current Archaeology. The Prehistoric Society welcomes new members, novice or otherwise, and runs talks and visits.

The Introductions are arranged thematically, starting with Methods, and then chronologically (earliest first).

METHODS

Dating Methods

Geophysical Survey

Aerial Photography & Lidar

Environmental Archaeology

Geoarchaeology

PALAEOLITHIC

Earliest Evidence

Boxgrove

The Clacton Spear

Paviland

Britain in the Late Glacial Period

Creswell Crags

MESOLITHIC

Star Carr

Mesolithic Hunting Equipment

NEOLITHIC

Animals

Plants

Long barrows

Chambered Tombs

Causewayed Enclosures

Early Houses

Flint Mines

Cursus monuments

Middle Neolithic Burials

Late Neolithic Houses

Henges

Timber Circles

Stone Circles

Stonehenge

BRONZE AGE

Beakers & Round Barrows

Rock Art

Early Bronze Age Weapons

Prestige Artefacts

Weapons & Warfare

IRON AGE

Land Divisions

Roundhouses

Hillforts

Brochs

Celtic Art

Oppida

Coinage

Chariots

Bog Bodies & Rituals