Each incarnation of this book has been an important resource for archaeologists from the 'Time Team Literate' to the professional. There is no dumbing down and the problems of archaeology are made quite clear. The values of individual methods of research as well as the interpretation stances of archaeologists are dealt with sensitively. Although Kevin Greene is a Romanist and Tom Moore a late Iron Age specialist every other period is discussed in the same depth as their specialisms, as can be seen through the wide range of well chosen illustrations. I will add this volume to the four other editions on my shelves (the earlier ones are falling apart from constant use anyway) and use it as an introduction/inspiration/up-dater/enjoyable read/constant reference source/inclusion in the biblios. of the stuff that I write. I gather there is an associated web-site which will extend the book's great value. If you are an older archaeologist in a university, then this book will allow you to keep up with your students.