In all aspects, this is a very important book; for Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology in particular it is, in fact, long overdue. BIBLIOTHECA ORIENTALIS LXVII N° 5-6, september-december 2010

I highly recommend essays by Purcell, Wengrow, and Osborne, especially for those concerned with issues of cultural transformation and exchange. I also enjoyed the essays of Morris and van Dommelen. Gubel’s essay caused me to reflect on how the cultures of Canaan/Israel might have contributed to and been shaped by these processes of Mediterranean interconnectivity and what impact that might have had on the religious world/s that subsequently produced the biblical and para-biblical texts. Michael Carden, University of Queensland, The Bible and Critical Theory, Volume 4, Number 2, 2008