Whilst it is not essential to do any background reading before the course begins, you may find it useful to do so. The reading list below contains books that you can read. You don’t have to read all of these and we don’t specify any that you must read. Instead, these are readings you can use to gain a preliminary understanding of topics, as well as to study in more depth those parts of the course you are particularly interested in. You may also want to take a look at magazines such as British Archaeology, World Archaeology and Current Archaeology.
Clark, P. (Ed.) 2009. Bronze Age Connections: Cultural Contact in Prehistoric Europe. Oxbow Books.
Cunliffe, B. 2013. Britain Begins. Oxford University Press.
Darvill, T. 2010. Prehistoric Britain. Routledge.
Fitzpatrick, A.P. 2013. The Amesbury Archer and the Boscombe Bowmen. Wessex Archaeology Report. Wessex Archaeology.
Gosden, C. 2003. Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Oliver, N. 2012. A History of Ancient Britain. W&N. (accompanies BBC TV documentary series of the same name. Documentary also available on DVD).
Pearce, S. 1984. Bronze Age Metalwork in Southern Britain. Shire Publications.
Pryor, F. 2004. Britain BC: Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans. Harper Perennial.
Pryor, F. 2010. Seahenge: a quest for life and death in Bronze Age Britain. Harper Perennial.
Pryor, F. 2011. Flag Fen: Life and Death of a Prehistoric Landscape. History Press.