Reading list

General Archaeology

Hunter J and Ralson I. 1999. The Archaeology of Britain. London: Routledge.

Longworth I & Cherry J. (eds), 1986. Archaeology in Britain since 1945. London.

Palaeolithic Art

Clottes, J., Return to Chauvet Cave. Excavating the Birthplace of Art, 2003.

Clottes, J., Cave Art. Phaidon, London 2008.

White, R., Prehistoric Art. The symbolic journey of humankind. Abrams, New York  2003.


Palaeolithic and Mesolithic

Barton N. 1997. Stone Age Britain. London: English Heritage and Batsford.

Wymer J. 1999. The Lower Palaeolithic Occupation of Britain.

Wessex Archaeology and English Heritage.

Young R. 2000. Mesolithic Lifeways. Current Research from Britain and Ireland. Leicester: Leceister Archaeology Monograph No. 7. University of Leicester.


Bradley, Richard, The Prehistory of Britain and Ireland. Cambridge World Archaeology, Cambridge 2007.

Darvill, Timothy, Stonehenge: the biography of a landscape. Tempus 2006.

Larsson, Mats & Parker Pearson, Mike (eds.), From Stonehenge to the Baltic: living with cultural diversity in the third millennium BC. BAR International Series 1692, 2007.

Price, Douglas T., Europe's First Farmers. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2000.

Whittle, A. & Cummins, V. (eds.), Going over: the Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in North West Europe. Oxford University Press for British Academy, Oxford 2007.

Whittle, A., Europe in the Neolithic: the creation of new worlds. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1996.



Burl, A., Great Stone Circles. Yale 1999.

Chippindale, C., Stonehenge Complete. Thames and Hudson 2004 (new ed.).

Cleal, R. M. J. & Walker, K. E., Montague, R., Stonehenge in its Landscape: twentieth-century excavations. English Heritage Archaeological Report 10, 1995.

Darvill, Timothy, Stonehenge: the biography of a landscape. Tempus 2006.


Bronze Age

Bradley, Richard, The Prehistory of Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press 2007.

Bruck, Jo (ed.), Bronze Age Landscapes: Tradition and Transformation. Oxbow, Oxford 2001.

Clarke, D.V.& Cowie, T.G. & Foxon, Andrew, Symbols of Power at the time of Stonehenge. HMSO 1985.

Hänseln, Bernhard (ed.), Mensch und Umwelt in der Bronzezeit Europas. Man and Environment in Bronze Age Europe. Die Bronzezeit: Das erste goldenen Zeitalter Europas. – The Bronze Age: The First Golden Age of Europe. Kiel 1998

Harding, Anthony, European Societies in the Bronze Age. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2000.

Haselgrove, C. & Pope, R., The Earlier Iron Age in Britain and the Near Continent. Oxbow, Oxford 2007.

Kristiansen, Kristian and Larsson, Lars, The Rise of Bronze Age Society: Travels, Transmissions and Transformations. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005. 

Parker, Pearson, Michael, Bronze Age Britain. English Heritage 2005.

Vander Linden, Marc, Le Phenomene Campaniforme Dans L'Europe Du 3eme Millenaire Avant Notre Ere: Synthese Et Nouvelles Perspectives. British Archaeological Reports (International Series) 2006.


Iron Age

Cunliffe, B., Iron Age Britain. B. T. Batsford, London 2004.

Cunliffe, B., Iron Age Communities in Britain: an account of England, Scotland and Wales from the seventh century BC until the Roman Conquest (4th ed.) 2005.

Gwilt, A. & Haselgrove, C (eds.), Reconstructing Iron Age Societies: New approaches to the British Iron Age. Monograph 71, Oxbow, Oxford.

 Haselgrove, C. & Moore, T (eds.), The Later Iron Age and Beyond. Oxbow Books, Oxford 2007.

Haselgrove, C. & Pope, R (eds.), The Earlier Iron Age in Britain and the near Continent. Oxbow Books, Oxford 2007.

James, S. & Rigby, V., Britain and the Celtic Iron Age. BM Press,  London 1997.


Celtic Art

Jacobsthal, P., Early Celtic Art. Clarendon Press, Oxford 1944.

Jope, M., Early Celtic Art in the British Isles. Clarendon Press, Oxford 2000.

MacGregor, M., Early Celtic Art in North Britain: a study of decorative metalwork from the third century B.C. to the third century A.D. University Press, Leicester 1976.

Megaw, R. & Megaw. V. Celtic Art: from its beginnings to the Book of Kells. Thames & Hudson, London 1989.

Megaw, R. & Megaw, V. Early Celtic Art in Britain and Ireland. Shire Archaeology (2nd ed.), Princes Risborough 2005.

Stead, I. M., Celtic Art in Britain before the Roman Conquest. (2nd ed.), BM Press, London 1996.Roman Britain

Frere, S., Britannia: history of Roman Britain. Pimlico 1991.

Jones, B. & Mattingly, D., An atlas of Roman Britain. Oxbow 2002. 

Mattingly, D., An imperial possession. Britain in the Roman Empire. Penguin,  2007.

Millett, M. Roman Britain. English Heritage, 2005.

Potter, T.W. & Johns, C.M., Roman Britain. BM Press, London 2002. 

Rivet, A. & Smith, C., The place-names of Roman Britain. Batsford, 1979. 

Todd, M. (ed.), A companion to Roman Britain. Blackwell, 2004.


Vindolanda Tablets

Bowman, Alan K., Life and letters on the Roman frontier. BM Press, London 1994.

Birley, A. Garrison life at Vindolanda; a band of brothers. Tempus, 2002.

Anglo Saxons

Campbell, J. (ed.), The Anglo-Saxons. London editions 1982 and 1991.

Coatsworth E., The art of the Anglo-Saxon goldsmith, Woodbridge, 2002.

Glasswell, S., The earliest English: Living and Dying in early Anglo-Saxon England, Stroud, 2002.

Halsall, G., Early medieval cemeteries: an introduction, Skelmorlie 1995.

Leahy K., Anglo-Saxon Crafts, Stroud, 2003.

Walton, Rogers, P., Cloth and Clothing in Early Anglo-Saxon England AD 450-700. CBA Research Report 145, York, 2007.

Welch, M.G., Anglo-Saxon England. English Heritage Books, London, 1992.


Sutton Hoo

Bruce-Mitford R.L.S., The Sutton Hoo Ship burial, vol 1: excavations, background, the ship, dating and inventory. London 1975.

Idem, The Sutton Hoo Ship burial, vol 2: arms, armour and regalia. London 1978.

Idem, The Sutton Hoo Ship burial, vol 3: Late Roman and Byzantine silver, hanging-bowls, drinking vessels, cauldrons and other containers, textiles, the lyre, pottery bottle and other items. London 1983.

Carver M., ‘Sutton Hoo: A seventh-century princely burial ground and its context.’ Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries, 69, London 2005.

Evans A.C., The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial. London 2002 (revised ed).

Marzinzik S., The Sutton Hoo Helmet. British Museum Object in Focus Series. London 2007.

Williams G., ‘The circulation and function of gold coinage in conversion-period England, c. AD580-680.’ In Cook B.J. and Williams G. (eds.) Coinage and History in the North Sea World c. AD 500-1250: essays in honour of Marion Archibald. The northern world.  Vol. 19, Leiden, Boston, 2006, 146-192.


Migration Period

Barford, P.M., The Early Slavs.  BM Press, London 2001.

Foote, P.G., Wilson D.M., The Viking Achievement.Sidgwick & Jackson, 1980.

Graham-Campbell J., The Viking World.  Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1989.

James, E., The Franks. Blackwell 1988.

Lasko, P. Ars Sacra 800-1200. Penguin.

Todd, M., The Early Germans. Blackwell, 1995.

Wallace-Hadrill, J.M., The Barbarian West 400-1000. Blackwell, 1989.



Alexander, J.,  Binski, P.  Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagenet England 1200-1400, Royal Academy of Arts, London 1987.

Barnet, P. & Wu, N., The Cloisters: Medieval art and architecture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2005.

Blair, J., & Ramsay, N., English Medieval Industries. Hambledon Press, 1991.

Cherry, J., Medieval decorative Art, BM Press, London 1991.

Giles, K. & Dyer, C., Town and Country in the Middle Ages, Society for Medieval Archaeology, 2005.

Given-Wilson, C.,  An illustrated history of late Medieval England, UP, Manchester 1996.

Jones M., The secret Middle Ages, Sutton Publishing, 2004.

Marks R., & Williams P., Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547, V&A, London 2003.

Sekules, V., Medieval Art, Oxford UP, Oxford 2001.

Williamson, P. The Medieval Treasury: the art of the Middle Ages in the Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A, London 1998.

Zarnecki, G., English Romanesque Art 1066-1200, The Arts Council of Great Britain, 1984.


Arms and Armour

Byam, M. (2003) Eyewitness Arms and Armour. London: Dorling Kindersley.

Capwell, T. (2007) The Real Fighting Stuff: Arms and Armour at Glasgow Museums. Glasgow: Glasgow City Council (Museums).

Edge, D. and J. M. Paddock (1997) Arms and Armour of the Medieval Knight. London: Saturn Books Ltd.        

Gravett, C. (2007) Eyewitness Knight. London: Dorling Kindersley.


Clocks & Watches

Britten. F J. 1984. Old Clocks and Watches and their Makers London.

Jagger, C. 1977. The World's Great Clocks and Watches London.

Landes, D. 1983. Revolution in Time. Harvard.


Scientific Instruments

Ackermann, S. et al. EPACT: Scientific Instruments of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. The collections of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford,  The British Museum, London,  the Museum of the History of Science,  Florence and the Boerhaave Museum, Leiden. Current version: 2006.

Anderson, R.G.W.,  Bennett, J.A.& Ryan,W.F.(Eds.) Making Instruments Count: Essays on Historical Scientific Instruments presented to Gerard L’Estrange Turner. Variorum, 1993.Bennett, J., The Divided Circle: A History of Instruments for Astronomy, Navigation and Surveying. Phaidon & Christie’s Limited, 1987.

Clifton, G., Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers1550-1851.  Zwemmer, 1995.

Dekker, E., Globes at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Globes and Armillary Spheres in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Oxford University Press and the National Maritime Museum, 1999.

Higton, H., Sundials: An Illustrated history of Portable Dials. Philip Wilson Publishers,  2001.

Higton, H., Sundials at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Sundials, Horary Quadrants and Nocturnals in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Oxford University Press and the National Maritime Museum, Oxford and London 2002.

Korey, M., The Geometry of Power: Mathematical Instruments and Princely Mechanical Devices from around 1600. Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2007.

Stephenson, B, & Bolt, M.,& Friedman, A.F. The Universe Unveiled: Instruments and Images through History. Cambridge University Press and The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, 2000.

Turner, A., Early Scientific Instruments: Europe 1400- 1800. Sotheby’s, 1987.

Turner, G.L’E. Elizabethan Instrument Makers: The Origins of the London Trade in Precision Instrument Making. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2000.

Turner, G.L’E. Scientific Instruments1500-1900. An introduction. University of California Press, 1998.

Van Cleempoel, C. Astrolabes at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Astrolabes in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Oxford UP and the National Maritime Museum, 2005.

Ward, F.A.B.  A Catalogue of European Scientific Instruments in the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities of the British Museum.  BM Press, London 1981.



Doran, Susan (ed.), Elizabeth I, The exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. NMM, London 2003.

Hale, John, The Civilisation of Europe in the Renaissance, London 1993.

Starkey, David (ed.), Henry VIII. A European Court in England., National

Maritime Museum, London 1991.

Syson, Luke & Thornton, Dora, Objects of Virtue:  Art in Renaissance Italy. Yale UP 2001.

Tait Hugh, The Waddesdon Bequest. BM Press,  London 1981.

Thornton Dora & Wilson, Timothy, Italian Renaissance Ceramics, A Catalogue of the British Museum’s Collection. BM Press, London 2009.


Modern Collecting

Bury, S.  Jewellery 1789-1910, 2 vols., Woodbridge 1991.

Dalton, O. M., Catalogue of the Engraved Gems. London, 1915.

Eva Zeisel: Designer for Industry. Exhibition catalogue, 1984.

Gere C., Rudoe J.,  Tait H., & Wilson, T., The Art of the Jeweller: A Catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift to the British Museum, 2 vols. BM Press, London 1984.

Gere C., Whiteway, M., Nineteenth-Century Design: From Pugin to Mackintosh. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London 1993.

Glanville, P., Silver in England, London 1986.

Heskett, J., Design in Germany 1870-1918.  London 1986.

Jackson, L., 20th Century Factory Glass. Mitchell Beazley, London 2000.

Krekel-Aalberse, A., Art Nouveau and Art Deco Silver. Thames and Hudson, London 1989.

Lobanov-Rostovsky, N., Revolutionary Ceramics: Soviet Porcelain 1917-1927. London, 1990.

Rudoe, J., Decorative Arts 1850-1950: A catalogue of the British Museum collection. BM Press, London 1991, (2nd enlarged edition 1994).

Whiteway, M., (ed.), Christopher Dresser: A Design Revolution. V&A Publications, London 2004.

Weisberg, G. P., Art Nouveau Bing: Paris Style 1900. New York 1986.