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category international | history and heritage | opinion/analysis author Sunday November 01, 2009 14:51author by Tara Tara Tara Report this post to the editors

The Mound of the Hostages...
Excavation 1950's
Excavation 1950's

The Tara Symposium in UCD last weekend included some fascinating papers by academics from Ireland and abroad. Many of the papers read out related to the Mound of the Hostages. I attended on the Saturday and listened to the following discussions relating to the Mound:

Stone Usage at the Mound of the Hostages.

Biography of the Neolithic Body: tracing pathways, cist 11, Mound of the Hostages, Tara.

The burials behind the orthostats at the Mound of the Hostages- parallels and implications.

Tara Boy- Burial four in the Mound of the Hostages.

The context of the Bronze Age cemetery in the Mound of the Hostages.

During one of these discussions a speaker pointed out that one of the sills inside the Mound is in need of preservation due to considerable erosion. He looked quite concerned and appeared incredulous at his recent discovery at such an important location. His timely warning brought to mind a night time walk on the Hill recently when I, along with other Tara Protectors stopped by the Mound of the Hostages to inspect how badly the entrance currently appears.

JP Fay told us that after the excavations in the 1950’s they put topsoil down first instead of subsoil and now water is seeping through the topsoil thus causing the interior erosion mentioned by the Tara Symposium speaker as mentioned above. JP recommends that it all be cleaned back and dry stone walls erected at the entrance on each side for reinforcement. He says that the Mound also needs an air breather pipe for ventilation.

It is obvious to the naked eye that something is amiss with the Mound of the Hostages so I hope to highlight this here. We cannot allow such an iconic structure to fall into disrepair. For all the fine lectures delivered at the Tara Symposium, I for one am most grateful for the attention drawn to the problem of erosion within the Mound and now also to JP for sharing his opinions on why it happened in the first place and what can be done to remedy the situation.

Some photos from the Symposium:

Related Link: http://www.savetara.com

Mound of the Hostages
Mound of the Hostages

Erosion
Erosion

JP Fay
JP Fay

In better days
In better days

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Rath Maeve     Tara Tara Tara    Sun Nov 01, 2009 15:18 
   LiDAR and Geophysics     Tara Tara Tara    Sun Nov 01, 2009 15:38 
   Rath Lugh     thegreenspirit    Mon Nov 02, 2009 13:01 
   DOE Press Release     Tara Tara Tara    Wed Nov 04, 2009 08:21 
   Paying Patrons     TaraTaraTara    Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:57 
   Samhain Sun - Mound of the Hostages     Tara Tara Tara    Mon Nov 09, 2009 17:32 
   More info     Morrigan    Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:26 
   Lia Fail     Charles Burgess    Tue Nov 10, 2009 20:53 
   Video     tarapixie    Fri Nov 13, 2009 08:16 
 10   Video     Morrigan    Fri Nov 13, 2009 09:23 
 11   From Mythical Ireland     Tara Tara Tara    Mon Nov 16, 2009 18:24 
 12   Winter Solstice 09     Tara Tara Tara    Mon Nov 16, 2009 18:33 
 13   No Reply     Patron    Wed Jan 27, 2010 16:38 
 14   Lismullin Henge Reconstruction     Tara Tara Tara    Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:38 
 15   More pics     thegreenspirit    Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:53 
 16   Astronomical Observatory     Tara Tara Tara    Mon Feb 01, 2010 13:12 
 17   Sacred Ground and the Curse of Tara     Carmel Diviney    Mon Feb 01, 2010 17:35 
 18   Destroyed     Tara Tara Tara    Tue Feb 02, 2010 15:44 
 19   What comes around...     ...goes around    Tue Feb 02, 2010 18:22 
 20   Destruction     thegreenspirit    Wed Feb 03, 2010 08:45 
 21   Objections     Slane    Thu Feb 04, 2010 00:03 
 22   Video     Mise Tara 3    Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:55 
 23   Letter to OPW and Meath Co Co     Carmel Diviney    Thu Mar 18, 2010 13:00 
 24   Spring Equinox Day (March 21st 2010)     Amazed    Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:47 
 25   Lismullin Videos     TaraTaraTara    Thu Mar 25, 2010 15:14 


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