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category meath | history and heritage | news report author Friday March 16, 2007 09:51author by Sickened - The Irish Nation Report this post to the editors

The NRA and Meath County Council have removed an incredible underground souterrain complex

In the last few days one of the most important newly discovered sites along the path of the M3 motorway was removed completely, and 'preserved' by record
jan_3_protest_143.jpg

What is going on at Tara?

The complex of beehive souterrains, triple and double, interconnected, has been removed.

Details of the site from the NRA web site can be found at:

http://m3motorway.ie/Archaeology/Section2/Roestown1/
http://m3motorway.ie/Archaeology/Section2/Roestown2
http://m3motorway.ie/Archaeology/Section2/Roestown3

Here's a recent article about the site, and efforts to protect it.

Ancient Tara site to be buried under concrete

Irish Independent
Mon, Jan 15 07

Protesters are holding a vigil in an effort to prevent the building of the M3 motorway over a 6th century underground passage, at Roestown, Co Meath

IT's probably 1,500 years old, and it has survived Viking raids and the ravages of time, but in just a few years it will be buried under tonnes of concrete.

Archaeologists excavating the route of the M3 motorway from Dublin to Navan have unearthed a 6th century souterrain, or underground passage, in near-perfect condition at Roestown, Co Meath.

Built over

The souterrain, which was used to store food and valuables and as a place of refuge, will not be preserved for future generations and as a tourist site.

Instead its location and condition will be recorded before it is capped and the motorway built over it.

It is just one of dozens of sites of archaeological interest in the Tara Skryne valley - where Ireland's High Kings were based, according
to tradition - that will be treated similarly, to allow construction of the road.

Since last June, a group of protesters has camped on the Hill of Tara in an attempt to save the Valley of the Kings from being bisected by
the road.

While hard-pressed commuters want the new road, those against it question why the motorway has to be built through the middle of the
country's most important archaeological site.

The National Museum has also expressed concerns about the routing of the motorway.

Since June 21, a fire has continuously burned at the Tara Solidarity camp, tended by the thousands of protesters who have made the trip in an attempt to stop the motorway from going ahead.

The protesters include conservationists, local people and archaeologists, united in their intention to make the road an election
issue and have the motorway rerouted.

"We're hoping to get it to the top of the agenda locally and nationally," Michael Canney said yesterday.

"We're getting a fund together, and there will be a lot of political work done in the next three months.

"The protests will continue right throughout the election."

Heather Buchanan, the Navan-based chairwoman of the Save Tara Skryne Valley campaign, said "One of our concerns is that the National Roads Authority is employing archaeologists who only have a year to do their work."

One of the protesters, Debbie Reilly from Navan, said yesterday: "I'm an artist and I've camped on the hill since I was a child.

Intrusive

"I'd draw on the riverbank, and for me this is the source of my inspiration. This road will be so intrusive, there will be a rift in
the valley.

"In Navan, there's a tradition to get a car on your 18th birthday because the buses are so poor.

"It's not difficult to see this road will not solve the commuter problems."

Paul Melia

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Souterrain excavation     Digger    Fri Mar 16, 2007 20:30 
   Next Ntional Monument     supporter    Fri Mar 16, 2007 21:28 
   Nothing 'ordinary' about Rowestown     cheeba    Fri Mar 16, 2007 21:48 
   The M3 as a monument     Hmmmm?    Fri Mar 16, 2007 23:51 
   Hmmmmmmmmm! indeed!!     Billy Idle    Sat Mar 17, 2007 04:34 
   Roestown destroyed as Taoiseach grins     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Sat Mar 17, 2007 09:30 
   St Patricks Day Poetry on Tara     St Bertie    Sat Mar 17, 2007 11:49 
   Wild Irish roads - Colum McCann     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Sun Mar 18, 2007 14:09 
   Souterrain     M3-4-me    Sun Mar 18, 2007 17:48 
 10   souterrains     Digger    Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:19 
 11   what does it mean to be human ?     human number 39493489393493434343    Mon Mar 19, 2007 14:38 
 12   souterrains     Digger    Mon Mar 19, 2007 17:13 
 13   2007 or 807? Indeed...     cheeba    Mon Mar 19, 2007 17:15 
 14   spitting in their faces...     high horse    Mon Mar 19, 2007 20:33 
 15   roestown     sohmidoh    Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:35 
 16   Souterrains 807 / roads 2007     M3-4-me    Tue Mar 20, 2007 13:07 
 17   Common Sense     notthisM3    Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:05 
 18   But what about Cavan...?     cheeba    Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:50 
 19   The Celtic Tiger is devouring our heritage     Patrick Henry    Wed Mar 21, 2007 16:25 
 20   souterrains     Digger    Thu Mar 22, 2007 22:46 
 21   When in a hole digger!!     Billy Idle    Thu Mar 22, 2007 22:53 
 22   Text of article from Maynooth Advocate     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Thu Mar 22, 2007 23:38 
 23   The destruction of Tara- Hill of Kings     ardenz    Sun Jun 17, 2007 23:33 
 24   What can you do     Roestown    Sun Jun 17, 2007 23:46 


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