Archaeologists and historians find it easy to chat about their finds and experiences but rarely commit these to paper in such an informal way. The 31 essays that make up this book include personal insights and experiences from an array of people investigating, researching and just being interested in the history and archaeology of Ireland. The pitch of the essays is towards the general reader and thus the first chapter begins: 'My favourite discovery occurred just before Christmas 2000...'. Other titles include 'Two stones make a line' (Stefan Bergh) , 'Do you think you will find the Ark of the Covenant before Indiana Jones?' (Mairead Carew) , 'The elephant and the tunnel' (Conor Newman) , and 'A day in the life of a medieval fisherman' (Aidan O'Sullivan) .