Hodder begins with what he sees as a necessary shift in the goals of archaeology – from the study of the past through material remains to the process of studying the relationships between people and their material pasts. He moves into questions of funding in the United States, how so much is being missed and lost, how the profession of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) should work, considers the ethics of owning and studying the past, problems of reconciling local and global interests. He finally comes to issues of material entanglement, how archaeologists need to think of things, and how the human condition is one of hybridity with things. He grounds his points in experiences of managing one of the largest and most forward-looking of excavations in the Mediterranean today – Çatalhöyük in Turkey.