The history of man in the Burren stretches back over 6,000 years into what is called the Mesolithic period. There is evidence from coastal sites that these people were eating shellfish and nuts. It wasn’t until the arrival of the people who built Poulnabrone dolmen in the early Neolithic period around 3,800 BC that we see evidence of significant stone-built structures. The abundance of later Neolithic structures such as wedge tombs indicate a significant population lived in the Burren and the evidence of early field boundaries and the bones of domesticated animals indicate they were farming the land. The sites of the substantial stone forts such as Caherconnell had a long period of occupation and there is evidence they were inhabited into the 15th or 16th century. The Christian period is well represented by the abbeys at Corcomroe and Kilfenora as well as numerous other churches.
In this section we provide published articles relating to the archaeology of the Burren.
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