A Cambridge fellow in archaeology, Glyn Daniel gave five half-hour lectures for the B.B.C. which appear here and will be copiously illustrated. He moves swiftly down the mainstream of archaeology from the sixth century B.C. Assyrian princess, first known excavator, to the latest underwater explorations of Cousteau and the finds at Zimbabwe, running the rapids of major names and finds. Along the way he points out such items of interest as John Lubbock's systematization. Archbishop Ussher's introduction of the date 4004 B.C. as the creation of man by the Trinity, the progress in dating and other methods. The interest lies as much in the basis of search as the finds. The lectures comprise a concise briefing, a sort of archaeological checklist which leaves the reader wishing that the author had paused to enlarge upon his material, which he seems to have well in hand.