An American woman archeologist's story of life on a 'dig' in the Kurdish Hills of Iraq""- so reads the subtitle of this unusual family story. Unusual in the ingredients rather than the putting together, for the Braidwoods are both archeologists and take for granted the fact that their children go along, from Chicago to Baghdad, and that ways and means of maintaining a home in an outpost of civilization and providing small children with the beginnings of education can be found. The rest of the party consists of long-skirted Kurds and Arab workmen, and a group of young American students. The purpose of the dig was to find evidence related to the shift from nomadism to village- from hunter to herdsman, steps on the way to civilization. The interest for the average reader lies chiefly in the modus operandi:- the planning and financing of the expedition, the choice of staff, the getting together of supplies, the hiring of native workmen, and the organization of the dig itself. The minor adventures of daily living, contacts with the people, the animals, visits to Kurdish villages, keeping house under primitive conditions all make for a friendly human record, with enough of the archeological techniques and procedure to interest the specialists.