Bronze Age Worlds brings a new way of thinking about kinship to the task of explaining the formation of social life in Bronze Age Britain and Ireland.

Britain and Ireland’s diverse landscapes and societies experienced varied and profound transformations during the twenty-fifth to eighth centuries BC. People’s lives were shaped by migrations, changing beliefs about death, making and thinking with metals, and living in houses and field systems. This book offers accounts of how these processes emerged from social life, from events, places and landscapes, informed by a novel theory of kinship. Kinship was a rich and inventive sphere of culture that incorporated biological relations but was not determined by them. Kinship formed personhood and collective belonging, and associated people with nonhuman beings, things and places. The differences in kinship and kinwork across Ireland and Britain brought textures to social life and the formation of Bronze Age worlds.

Bronze Age Worlds offers new perspectives to archaeologists and anthropologists interested in the place of kinship in Bronze Age societies and cultural development.

chapter 1|24 pages



part I|106 pages


chapter 2|48 pages

A patina of journeys

2500–1700 BC

chapter 3|56 pages

Dispersed lives

2000–700 BC

part II|107 pages


chapter 4|47 pages

Home ground

2500–1200 BC

chapter 5|58 pages

Living and gathering

1400–700 BC

part III|121 pages


chapter 6|44 pages

Enchanting places

2500–1500 BC

chapter 7|62 pages

Akin to land

2200–700 BC

chapter 8|13 pages


A social prehistory