Book of the Year 2017

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Winner of the award for Book of the Year was Paul Bahn for Images of the Ice Age (published by Oxford University Press).

With detailed discussions of Ice Age images and explorations of how they might be interpreted, this beautiful book demonstrates how sophisticated our ancestors were.

Accepting the award, Paul Bahn said:

“Thank you for this; it is my favourite book and one on my favourite subjects. It has been 20 years since the last edition, and lots has happened since then, including Britain getting some of its own cave markings. There has also been an explosion of cave sites out of Spain, and we definitely have some Neanderthal cave markings now – it is going to be an exciting next few years, but I hope it won’t be another 20 till my next edition!”

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Below are all the nominees in this category:

images-of-the-ice-age_optImages of the Ice Age

(Paul Bahn – CA 314)

With detailed discussions of Ice Age images and explorations of how they might be interpreted, this beautiful book demonstrates how sophisticated our ancestors were.



stkildaSt Kilda: the last and outmost isle

 (Angela Gannon and George Geddes – CA 312)

The results of a detailed survey of St Kilda treated the islands as a well-connected archipelago, offering a refreshing counterpoint to previous perceptions of the isolated community it sustained.



bog-bodies_optBog Bodies Uncovered

(Miranda Aldhouse-Green – CA 312)

This comprehensive book draws together the latest research to explore what cutting-edge forensic science can reveal about enigmatic bog bodies, from what they ate to how they died.




new-home-front-in-britainThe Home Front in Britain 1914-1918

 (C Appleby, W Cocroft, J Schofield (eds) – CA 314)

Giving the lie to the notion that the British Isles were insulated during the First World War, this attractive publication guides readers through the physical vestiges of the Home Front.




celts-art-identityCelts: art and identity

 (Julia Farley and Fraser Hunter – CA 310)

Essential reading for anyone interested in the Celts, this incisive book charts the evolution of artistic forms, rooting discussion of spectacular artefacts within the societies that made them.



ritual-in-eba-grave-goodsRitual in Early Bronze Age Grave Goods: an examination of ritual and dress equipment from Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age graves in England

(Ann Woodward and John Hunter – CA 320)

A wide range of experts have contributed to this huge, detailed, and splendidly-illustrated monograph on thousands of grave goods from more than 780 Early Bronze Age burials.


hidden-histories-9780711236Hidden Histories: a spotter’s guide to the British landscape

(Mary-Ann Ochota – CA 321)

A visually stimulating and accessible guide to Britain’s varied historic environment, this book reveals the clues we should be looking for in order to interpret the features around us.



tale-of-the-axe-jacketThe Tale of the Axe: how the Neolithic revolution transformed Britain

(David Miles – CA 321)

This eminently readable account of the Neolithic of the British Isles is a splendid and totally up-to-date overview of the subject that currently has no competitors.




  1. The book by PauL Bahn, Images of the Ice Age, is the best in my view. It brings an archaeological world wide phenomenon to the attention of readers and professionals. Images by various populations around the world so well recorded and explained by P. Banh, is a contributions for a wider audience and scholars beyond the guild of field archaeologists. Similarities between the rock painting in various geographic reasons supports the comment of Darwin about technical and by reference artistic convergence that emerged for the minds of Homo sapiens across the globe

  2. (I don’t know whether this was recorded or not since there is no ‘submit.)

    I vote for Paul Bahn’s IMAGES OF THE ICE AGE. It’s an excellent topical treatment of the subject for the ‘omnivorous middle-brow’ (of which there are many). A fine piece of work.

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