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category national | environment | press release author Wednesday May 23, 2007 00:25author by tara foundation - Tara Foundationauthor email thetarafoundation at yahoo dot ie Report this post to the editors

National Monument Discovered at Tara in Path of M3 Motorway

A massive prehistoric ‘henge’ site has been discovered in Lismullen, beside the Hill of Tara on the route of the planned M3 Motorway. The circular enclosure is the size of more than three football fields, and is without doubt a national monument because of the rarity of henges in Ireland, as well as its importance to the Hill of Tara archaeological complex.
Featuring a press conference given by TaraWatch, the video (see link below) gives details of the M3 Motorway, what lies in its path, what has been destroyed, and what is being now being threatened with destruction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPIAxHBot6Q

Featuring a press conference given by TaraWatch, the video (see link below) gives details of the M3 Motorway, what lies in its path, what has been destroyed, and what is being now being threatened with destruction.

Background:
A massive prehistoric ‘henge’ site has been discovered in Lismullen, beside the Hill of Tara on the route of the planned M3 Motorway. The circular enclosure is the size of more than three football fields, and is without doubt a national monument because of the rarity of henges in Ireland, as well as its importance to the Hill of Tara archaeological complex.

Archaeological experts believe this find could be one of the most significant archaeological discoveries unearthed in Ireland, and might be the site of a structure similar to Stonehenge but made with wood.

Archaeologists state that the site is most likely a wooden ‘henge’ used for ritual ceremonies. It is also understood that a burial mound has been discovered, which was the final resting place of a woman of high status. If confirmed, this is the first example of such a site found in Ireland.

“It’s very ancient and is a wooden equivalent of Stonehenge,” archaeologist with NUI Galway Joe Fenwick said. “It consists of a large enclosure, and a high-status burial chamber seems to have come to light. It’s several hectares in size, you’re talking about a massive complex. “Because of their nature, these timber henges are very rare. You could count them on the finger of one hand. The timber rotted away a long time ago, but the features would be dug into the subsoil. It would take a large team digging for several months to excavate the site.”

The Government insists no decision has been taken on its future. The discovery was made public just 24 hours after Transport Minister Martin Cullen turned the sod on the €850m motorway project.

Minister for the Environment Dick Roche knew a month before the henge was discovered that the site of a possible pre-historic ‘temple’ had been unearthed on the route of the controversial M3 motorway.

The Minister has already issued draft directions that would allow for the destruction of the recently discovered “henge” along the route of the M3 in Co Meath, it has been claimed.

The discovery was kept secret by the authorities, and it is understood that the National Roads Authority (NRA) has heavily pressurised the archaeologists (Archaeological Consultancy Services) to rush to complete excavations, so the site can be demolished. Large numbers of archaeologists have been paid overtime to complete the work, and the site is under 24-hour security.

TaraWatch has written solicitors’ letters to the Minister for the Envrionment, Minister for Transport Meath County Council and the National Roads Authority and demanded that all works on the site cease immediately, as is required by section 14 A of the National Monuments Act, 2004, which states:

(4) Where a national monument has been discovered…then —

(a) the road authority carrying out the road development shall report the discovery to the Minister,

(b) … no works which would interfere with the monument shall be carried out, except works urgently required to secure its preservation carried out in accordance with such measures as may be specified by the Minister.

The Minister, Dick Roche, is then required to consult with the Director of the National Museum, Pat Wallace. This has not occurred, and the Museum is currently investigating the site. TaraWatch has stated that Mr. Roche has sent draft directions to the National Museum to preserve the henge “by record”, a process that would facilitate photographs and written records being made before the henge is removed.

In this case, instead of stopping work on the site and consulting with the Minister, the NRA have accelerated works which will destroy this national monument.

TaraWatch spokesman Vincent Salafia said the group had “well-placed sources within the National Museum” who were aware of draft directions that had been sent, which instructed that the monument be preserved by record. Dr Mark Clinton, chairman of An Taisce’s national monuments and antiquities committee, said: “The discovery of what could be called a temple, after the fashion of a comparable discovery at Emain Macha, seat of the kings of Ulster, is of obvious major significance. Such sites are extremely rare.” He called for full scientific excavation to be followed by reconstruction. [2]

This video features a press conference recently given by TaraWatch. This video gives details of the M3 Motorway project, and demonstrates thst destruction of the built heritage around Tara was well underway before the motorway started construction.

The video may be accessed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPIAxHBot6Q

Further information:

http://www.tarawatch.org/ http://tarawatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/henge1.jpg

http://tarawatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/henge1.jpg http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0501/meath.html

http://tarawatch.org/?p=365 http://tarawatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/hengege...1.jpg

From the Tara Foundation:
http://www.tara-foundation.org/ thetarafoundation@yahoo.ie

author by Terencepublication date Wed May 23, 2007 10:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

In the picture below frame grabbed from the video above, you can clearly see the three motorways, the M1, M2 and M3 running Northward out of Dublin.

This is the first time that I have finally realized the depth of the inherent corruption of the system and complete lack of regard for our hertiage and national identify by the way of the very obvious duplicate motorways of the M2 and M3 running side by side all the way out of Dublin. If this is not wastage and a sign that the construction industry dictates to the government then I don't know what is.

Each of these roads is costing not millions but billions of Euros to which we the taxpayers must pay and into the bargain we are losing one of the greatest treasures perhaps that this country has ever found.


Anyone looking at this map can see that an upgrading of the existing road would have been more than sufficient along with bypasses for the two or three main bottlenecks at far less cost.

It is well known that planning permission was granted for these very bypasses years ago, but it was decided not to build them so that pent-up demand and frustration could be harnessed to justify the motorway to the public.

Italian mafia style corruption in Ireland. Duplicate motorways
Italian mafia style corruption in Ireland. Duplicate motorways

author by muzzapublication date Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"This video has been removed by the user."

Anyone know where there is a replacement?

Also tarawatch.org is down this morning - hosting problem?

author by tarafoundationpublication date Fri Jun 15, 2007 13:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It was taken down temporarily for a minor alteration. I'll post the link here when we put it back up again.

Related Link: http://www.tara-foundation.org
 
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