"This book reminds teachers of the importance of engaging students in theory as well as facts and offers many examples of strategies for this engagement."
- Jonathan David Lawrence, Teaching Theology and Religion
"Heather Burke and Claire Smith, who are archaeologists based at the University of Adelaide, have edited a timely addition to the teaching of theoretical issues in archaeology in the undergraduate classroom. The overriding theme of this volume is that more innovative, engaged, and fun teaching activities and scenarios are imperative if improvements are to be made in the ways in which we teach and students learn. This book really is a must for anyone involved in teaching archaeology, whether they are at the beginning or well into their careers."
- Marc Oxenham, Aboriginal History
"The book is highly practical; the authors were, for the most part, asked to set out the aims of their ‘exercise’, to describe and present the materials, and to reflect on the outcomes when the exercise was utilized in the classroom. The result is that the book is a valuable resource both for the specific materials presented and for the supplementary materials discussed (often web-based) and available through the bibliographies. This is a valuable book for, dare I say it, plundering, as well as for inspiration and stimulation. No one who reads it will come away a worse teacher, and most of us will be very much improved."
- Mark Pluciennik, European Journal of Archaeology
"Do not be put off by the rather twee cover illustration and title, this is by far the best collection of texts I have found on teaching archaeological theory and critical thinking. In fact I wish the book had been available years ago, not just for myself but for those who lectured me! This book is a really useful resource for new exciting ideas on how to approach teaching theoretical concepts in archaeology courses…make sure you get this book for your bookshelf; it will improve both your teaching technique and your student evaluations."
- Roger Fyfe, Australasian Historical Archaeology