Why does the archaeology of the Burren and the Aran Islands fascinate so many? Is it the evocativeness of this ancient landscape, which today seems so empty but where, around almost every turn, one comes across signs of people who have been here before us? Tramping across the rugged terrain one comes upon the massive stones of a long-forgotten megalithic tomb, tilted skywards by people who have been dead for thousands of years, or a hidden medieval church covered in ivy. One is brought face-to-face with the transience of a single human life and the impressive length of the human story in the Burren and the Aran Islands. Designed to be read from cover-to-cover, or dipped into as you make your way around the sites, the book provides a chronologically ordered account of the people and their changing societies over 5-6,000 years. As an on-site guide, the book provides a detailed explanation of the key sites for each period. The locations of all sites are shown on the accompanying maps. Carleton Jones writing transforms the dry academic material of excavation reports and archaeological inventories into an engaging and understandable story. This is the first comprehensive study of the subject in over 70 years and no other up-to-date guide is available.