With the volume The Practical Archaeologist: How We Know What We Know About the Past this forms a picture of how the data gained from archaeological gdigs is used to give a picture of pre-historical
Europe and even into historical Roman times.
There are a wealth of maps, pictures and discussions of what tools different cultures left behind.
This book is more a "what the data means" type of archaeology book
and gives one an idea of how data can and are interpreted by professional.
It is actually much better written than the introductory archaeology text mentioned above, but is duller, more scientific and thus, a harder read overall.