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category international | history and heritage | press release author Friday July 11, 2008 12:13author by Tara Tara Tara Report this post to the editors

WAC Press Release Via Maggie Ronayne
Tara
Tara

Dear all,

WAC press release on Tara below, sent to me by the senior rep on the WAC executive for northern europe. Please forward to all the Tara campaigns and others who may not have access to email.

thanks,
Maggie

********************************************
Maggie Ronayne
Lecturer in Archaeology
National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway
Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)91 493701
Email: maggie.ronayne@nuigalway.ie

Media Release

For Immediate Release - 11th July, 2008

TARA'S WORLD HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE

Following the largest ever international gathering of archaeologists in Dublin, Ireland, the World Archaeological Congress has released a statement expressing its opposition to any further development alongside the new stretch of motorway in the wider landscape zone surrounding the historical site of Tara in Co Meath, Ireland."Tara has significance far beyond Ireland itself," said Professor Claire Smith, President of the World Archaeological Congress. "Its iconic significance derives from its unique cultural character, as situated in a broader landscape. The World Archaeological Congress strongly encourages the Irish Government to instigate formal protection measures for this area, and to consider nominating Tara for inscription as a World Heritage site.""Prior to the holding of the Sixth World Archaeological Congress here in Ireland, we sent two senior representatives to look at the issue of the motorway, " said Professor Claire Smith. "They found that all the archaeological work had been done to the highest professional standards." However, during the Congress a number of competing and often contradictory claims were made and the World Archaeological Congress has now commissioned a report on the Tara discussions. The World Archaeological Congress stressed that its report would not interfere with the legal and consultative planning process already completed in Ireland. "We do not question the validity of the planning process undertaken in Ireland. Our purpose is to learn lessons for the future and for other countries with issues surrounding development archaeology," said Professor Smith. "There are many strong opinions about Tara and it is important that valid claims receive due attention, and that misinformation be sifted out. This can only be done through a considered study," Professor Smith said.Recognising that the reburial of ancient remains in Ireland is subject to the provisions of the National Monuments Act and the agreement of the National Museum of Ireland, the World Archaeological Congress also draws attention to the Vermillion Accord on human remains and suggests that any human remains excavated from the cultural landscape of Tara should be re-interred with due respect as close as possible to their original locations, as this is where these people would have wished to be buried. The World Archaeological Congress notes the significant adverse impact that motorways and other forms of development can have on valuable cultural landscapes."Throughout the world, developments such as motorways can have significant adverse impact on cultural landscapes," said Professor Smith. "Cultural heritage needs to be factored into the planning process from the beginning.""In order to address these issues from a global perspective the World Archaeological Congress will be holding an Inter-Congress with the theme "Rethinking relations of Archaeology and Development."The Inter-Congress on archaeology and development is likely to be held in Lund, Sweden, in 2009.

Further Information: Professor Claire Smith

Mobile: 0872 698 353 (Ireland)

Email: claire.smith@flinders.edu.au

Dr Jon Price

Executive member

Email: jon@mnemosophy.force9.co.uk

Background:

The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization and is the only elected international body of practising archaeologists. WAC holds an international congress every four years to promote the exchange of the results of archaeological research; professional training and public education for disadvantaged nations, groups and communities; the empowerment and betterment of Indigenous groups and First Nations peoples; and the conservation of archaeological sites.

The Sixth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6) was held from 29th June-4th July at the University College Dublin. This was the first World Archaeological Congress to be held in Ireland. It was attended by over 1,800 archaeologists, native peoples and international scholars from 74 nations. Motions from the Plenary session of the Congress were considered by subsequent meetings of the World Archaeological Congress Council and Executive.

The Congress Patron for WAC-6 was President Mary McAleese. Previous Congress Patrons include Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Prince Charles and Nelson Mandela.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Footnote To The Above     Tara Tara Tara    Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:29 
   Plenary Session     Emma Sharm-Hayes    Fri Jul 11, 2008 13:30 
   WAC - further investigation     Mise Tara 3    Fri Jul 11, 2008 13:36 
   Submissions     Laura    Fri Jul 11, 2008 13:45 
   To Mise Tara 3 (at Fri Jul 11, 2008 13:36)     AntiCorruption    Fri Jul 11, 2008 14:14 
   BEGS the Question     Tara Tara Tara    Fri Jul 11, 2008 14:16 
   Only the beginning     Tara Supporter    Fri Jul 11, 2008 14:29 
   Where from here?     Aine    Fri Jul 11, 2008 15:15 
   RIP Tarawatch     Beware the watchers    Fri Jul 11, 2008 16:56 
 10   RIP Tarawatch     Beware the watchers    Fri Jul 11, 2008 16:57 
 11   UNESCO     TaraWatch    Fri Jul 11, 2008 18:59 
 12   Re Tarabotch     john wayne    Fri Jul 11, 2008 23:22 
 13   Submissions     Ronald Reagan    Fri Jul 11, 2008 23:59 
 14   Problem     Observer    Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:28 
 15   Question     Observer 2    Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:47 
 16   The Problem     A Friend of Tara    Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:50 
 17   WAC and TW     AKA-47    Sat Jul 12, 2008 13:07 
 18   Some friend of Tara .     Botchwatch    Sat Jul 12, 2008 21:13 
 19   Information     IshtarCelt    Sun Jul 13, 2008 13:11 
 20   Opinion Piece - M. Ronayne     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Tue Jul 15, 2008 10:29 
 21   Irish Independent     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Wed Jul 16, 2008 00:49 
 22   Reply to 'Friend' of Tara     IshtarCelt    Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:49 
 23   Confusion re WAC procedures     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Wed Jul 16, 2008 13:57 
 24   UNESCO     AKA-47    Wed Jul 16, 2008 14:29 
 25   Meanwhile back at the ranch....     Tara Tara Tara    Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:48 
 26   A close up of Rath Lugh     M. Ni Bhrolchain    Fri Jul 18, 2008 00:13 
 27   Response to false claims by Emma Sharma Hayes and Muireann Ni Bhrolchain     TaraWatch    Fri Jul 18, 2008 23:14 
 28   Clarification     J.C. Moore    Sat Jul 19, 2008 00:52 
 29   Submissions to WAC6     Hanna Zdunska    Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:05 
 30   Query     Tara Tara Tara    Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:44 
 31   Not Typical Summer Weather Either!     Tara Tara Tara    Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:31 
 32   More Conclusions     Tara Tara Tara    Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:48 
 33   Peter Corrigan     Tara Tara Tara    Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:56 
 34   Interested parties     Hanna Zdunska    Sat Jul 19, 2008 14:35 
 35   Further explanation of the obvious     TaraWatch    Sat Jul 19, 2008 15:05 
 36   mmmmmmmmmmm & Tarawatch     Hanna Zdunska    Sat Jul 19, 2008 16:20 
 37   Polish archaeologist     TaraWatch    Sat Jul 19, 2008 17:09 
 38   In anticipation, and clarification     TaraWatch    Sat Jul 19, 2008 17:17 
 39   Tarawatch     Hanna Zdunska    Sat Jul 19, 2008 17:37 
 40   Its over boys and girls     AKA-47    Sat Jul 19, 2008 18:19 
 41   Re: Rath Lugh     Michael    Sat Jul 19, 2008 21:41 
 42   Tarawatch     Hanna Zdunska    Sun Jul 20, 2008 11:46 


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