" This groundbreaking, highly readable book originated in a workshop conducted by coauthors Pepe (a documentary filmmaker) and Zarzynski (a historical archaeologist) at the Society for Historical Archaeology's 2008 conference in Albuquerque. The focus of that presentation was to provide archaeologists with a practical overview of the potential value of documentaries as a channel for transmitting the results of their work to a wide audience clearly and effectively. The 26 chapters of this book discuss all aspects of the process of writing, shooting, editing, and promoting a documentary centered on archaeological field work. Also discussed are the use of primary sources such as photographs, newspapers, and historic film footage; and the application of animation technologies. Illustrations are limited in number but effective. Appendixes provide a sample proposal for a documentary, examples of video scripts and project budgets, references, and a glossary defining the technical terms highlighted in the text. This volume will be a useful acquisition for college/university libraries and large public libraries wishing to augment their collections in both film studies and archaeology; and for local historical societies involved with the excavation and conservation of specific cultural heritage sites. Summing Up: Recommended.
Lower-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers."
"Documentaries are now an essential part of an archaeologists' tool kit for sharing the relevance of their work. Peter Pepe and Joseph W. Zarzynski have done a tremendous service in writing this first ever guide to archaeological documentary film making. This is a must have book for every archaeologist who wants to reach a wide audience through the power of film."
- James P. Delgado, Host, National Geographic's "The Sea Hunters", 2001-2006