The expanse of time covered by Caradoc Peters in "The Archaeology of Cornwall" is almost unimaginable. His story of Cornwall begins more than half a million years ago and, astonishingly, he leaves us at the end of his text in the modern age. It is a magisterial sweep through complex interweaving narratives: somehow Caradoc draws out his themes to present us with a coherent and gripping story. In a discipline - archaeology - that can be regarded as a little dry and academic, the author has created a living picture of the changing social history of Cornwall, as depicted in the wealth of artefacts and structures that have been found and studied over the ages. Nick Johnson, County Archaeologist, refers in his introduction to the amount of documentation that has accompanied an accelerating programme of archaeological investigation in Cornwall and says that Caradoc '...has managed to read, and create from these sources a new and engaging story that binds together long held and durable narratives with new and challenging interpretations'.