Reviewed by Krista Castner

What a sumptuous book Walk into Prehistory by Bill Bevan turned out to be! It’s not just another pretty coffee table book that relies more on pretty pictures than on providing in-depth information. Bill Bevan is an archeologist and photographer who has worked extensively at Stonehenge and other ancient sites in Britain. In this book he set out to help us all discover more about forty of the greatest ancient sites of Britain and Ireland. He elegantly and eloquently accomplishes his goal.

The book is beautifully photographed with Bevan’s own photos. Many of them feature the golden light found at dawn or dusk hilghlighting green wind-swept vistas containing ancient monoliths. The book tells in words and pictures, the unique stories of many of the most ancient sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Bevan states in the book’s introduction, “My aim for this book is for the words and photographs to transport you to these amazing places, both today and when they were built. I want them to be alive, vibrant places occupied and inhabited in prehistory by people like you and me.”

The book is laid out by geographic area. Each site is discussed in its own chapter which contains a walking map, site coordinates, where to start the walk, the distance of the walk, the difficulty rating, and approximate time to make the walk to the site. Then it goes on to detail oft-overlooked significant factors about the history, construction or use of the site by the prehistoric people.

Walk into Prehistory is a great book for the armchair traveler. I may never get to any of these sites in person, but with the walking map; the stunning photos; plus the history about the site and the people who built it; I almost feel like I have walked the site. If you are an aficionado of archaeology, British history, and/or photography I think that you’d really enjoy this book.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Krista lives just outside the urban sprawl of Portland, Oregon. Lamentably, her work as a technical writer and business analyst often interferes with her reading which is a true passion.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Frances Lincoln. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.