"While the legacy of Peter Ucko is one we should celebrate, and the individual chapters are of interest in their own right, the book as a whole generally fails to live up to the promise of its title. It is not ultimately about the future of archaeology, nor about the design of such a future, but represents a review of its recent past as seen through the efforts of a particular individual. As a festschrift it serves its purpose well; and as a collection devoted to outlining the current status of a ‘world archaeology’ it offers much that is useful. It stands [ ] as an interesting collection of individual papers constructed around a convenient unifying theme — the life and work of a highly influential individual — and should therefore find itself on many a library shelf."
- Dr. John Carman, Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites