Peter Drewett is a lucky man. As well as being one of the most respected men in archaeology, he is also now the writer of the quintessential text on the subject. Brief witthout missing key points, and highly engaging, this introduction to the fundamental principles of method and theory in archaeology begins with the goals of archaeology, then goes on to consider the basic concepts of culture, time, and space, and the finding and excavation of archaeological sites. Up-to-date and extremely accessible, the book presents material in such a way that even students completely new to archaeology will be able to understand the latest advances in the field. Each subject is carefully explained, and Drewett's friendly style is almost conversational,allowing access to inexperienced readers, yet retains the formality and distance necessary for an academic textbook.Everything one could ever wish to know about a field excavation is analysed and deconstructed, so as to pass beyond the complex exterior. Drewett's book leaves the reader fascinated and an insatiable desire to learn more, which Drewett also accomodates by including a list of the best texts on every aspect of archaeology, by the best authors. So what's wrong with it? Nothing. This book is flawless. The price tag may seem relatively high for such a small book, but as a second year archaeology student, I can voucvh for the fact that Drewett's book is one of the cheapest on the market today. In short, read it. Don't ask why, just read it.