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Another major Archaeological discovery on Hill of Tara

category international | history and heritage | press release author Wednesday October 17, 2007 13:25author by Shan - Hill of Tara Report this post to the editors

New site on Soldier Hill confirmed - action today

The existence of a newly discovered site was confirmed last night by activists on the Hill. This went out at 6am, before we read the papers

PRESS RELEASE

TARAWATCH.org

17 October 2007

`Significant New Archaeological Site Discovered in Path of M3
Motorway'

A significant new archaeological site has been found in the path of
the
M3 motorway, at the Hill of Tara in Co. Meath. Believed to be a
fortified complex, the enclosure is currently being excavated by
archaeologists.

TaraWatch was alerted to the presence of the previously unknown site
last night, by an anonymous tip, and activists inspected it after the
archaeologists had finished work for the day.

TaraWatch is calling on Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local
Government, John Gormley, to place a preservation order on the site,
as
he did with the National Monument of Rath Lugh that is being damaged
by
construction work on the M3. According to section 14 of the National
Monuments Act, all work must cease immediately when a national
monument
is discovered during the course of roadworks.

TaraWatch is also of the opinion that an independent assessment
should
be carried out before the fate of the site is decided, in order to
determine if it is a national monument.

Located between the defensive fort of Rathmiles and the burial ground
at Soldier Hill, the newly discovered site is further proof that the
Hill of Tara constitutes a vast archaeological complex.

The European Commission is expected to decide in the next two weeks
whether it will bring Ireland to the European Court of Justice over
the
M3. The Commission sent a Reasoned Opinion to the Irish government in
June 2007, stating that they firmly believe that the decision to
demolish the Lismullin national monument is contrary to EU law.

Activists plan to occupy the site today, after the anonymous source
indicated the demolition of the site is imminent.

Lou, an activist onsite at Tara said:

"This fort is certainly worthy of National Monument status, as it
lies at the heart of the Tara complex.

"Is the Government reluctant to recognise the importance of new sites
for fear of facing further scrutiny from the European Commission?"

Vincent Salafia said:

"It is highly disturbing that the presence of yet another significant
archaeological site has been concealed from the public.

"It would appear that Minister Gormley is still failing to be open
and
transparent on this issue, as he claimed he would be on taking
office."

ENDS

Contact:

Vincent Salafia: 087 132 3365
Lou (on-site): 086 360 0478
Tara Vigil Phone: 086-1758557

www.tarawatch. org
www.tarapixie.net
www.savetara.com
www.myspace.com/taracompilationcd

Related Link: http://www.tarapixie.net

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   ‘Significant New Archaeological Site Discovered in Path of M3     viatarawatch    Wed Oct 17, 2007 13:32 
   More "Window Dressing"?     W. Finnerty.    Wed Oct 17, 2007 15:20 
   Incompetence, negligence or corruption     Charles Haughey    Thu Oct 18, 2007 00:06 
   Vested Interests     Siobhan    Thu Oct 18, 2007 10:28 
   It was the badgers fault     viagrapevine    Thu Oct 18, 2007 16:55 
   Urgent Call For Support     Tara Tara Tara    Fri Oct 19, 2007 09:06 
   News Just In     Tara Tara Tara    Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:52 
   Arrest     Tara Tara Tara    Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:32 
   Sounds hectic...     Crow attock    Tue Oct 23, 2007 19:28 
 10   The site was destroyed     Site destroyed    Tue Oct 23, 2007 22:49 
 11   No Surprise     Susan Isabella Sheehan-Repasky    Wed Oct 24, 2007 20:02 
 12   Tarapixies at Soldiers hill site     missedit    Mon Oct 29, 2007 07:48 


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