The following should be of interest... but did I not see a piece published
in one fo the British archy journls in 1999 or 2000 on this, complete with a
piccy of the enclosure? Or am I remembering a different enclosure?
This, and the short discussion with Conor Newman on Morning Ireland, RTE
Radio 1, this morning has me wondering of the Discovery Programme has a new
publication on Tara on the way. Am I being utterly cynical (again)?
From what I heard this morning I think it is the same enclosure, and what
got me interested in it initially was the fact that it seems to touch the
end of the 'Banqueting Hall' linear earthworks, which themselves reach down
to the current roadway. The implication that the current roadway may
actually have existed in some form when the linear earthworks were created
is interesting in itself, but that they would reach to an enclosure dated to
the neolithic makes the connection even more fascinating. I believe that the
linear stuff is later - bronze or iron age (can't remember why I'd think
that... maybe someone can suggest why?) but the questions must be asked. In
any event, the current road should, I think, be at least considered in terms
of how it might link this site with others in the area... The whole business
of ancient roads is one that I've ignored in the past but I've come to see
the potential value of them in reading an ancient landscape.
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~> Subject: Ancient Bertiebowl uncovered
~> From RTÉ News:
~> 6.Monuments unearthed in County Meath
~> Archaeologists have unearthed scores of new monuments at one of Ireland's
~> most ancient religious and archaeological sites in County Meath.
~> Some of the discoveries at the Hill of Tara near Navan date back to 4000
~> One of the most spectacular finds has been a huge oval enclosure the same
~> size as Dublin's Croke Park stadium. It is thought to have been
~> in about 2500 BC.
~> The monuments were uncovered by experts from NUI, Galway who were working
~> on the most extensive and ambitious geophysical survey ever undertaken in
~> Before the survey began, around 30 monuments had been located.
~> That figure
~> has now been trebled.
~> Tara was once the most powerful of Ireland's five kingdoms, and tribal
~> disputes as well as peace and defence issues were once settled there at
~> national assemblies held every three years.
~> Its importance diminished as Christianity became established in
~> Ireland and
~> little now remains to indicate the area's one-time eminence.