Tara and the Ark of the Covenant
In 2003 Tara and the Ark of the Covenant was published by Dr Mairead Carew. During 1899 and 1902, members of the British-Israel Association of London came to County Meath to dig up the Hill of Tara. These ‘British-Israelites’ believed they would find buried there the Ark of the Covenant, the chest said to contain the Ten Commandments inscribed on stone tablets. Their strange and unlawful activity provoked a protest from cultural figures such as William Butler Yeats, Douglas Hyde and Maud Gonne – who lit a bonfire and sang ‘A nation once again’ on Tara. The Press supported their protests, making this the first media campaign to save a national monument. This book tells the story of the British-Israelite excavations on Tara in its archaeological, historical, cultural and political context.
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Tara: The Guidebook
In 2016 the Discovery Programme published Tara: The Guidebook by Mairead Carew and Ian McCarthy. This publication, is more than just a guidebook, it also provides an accessible account of our research and analysis at the Hill of Tara. It provides answers to the most common questions asked by visitors to Tara: who built Tara, when did they build Tara and why did they build Tara? It also details the reuse of Tara through time, with Irish nationalist exploiting the site as a symbol of Irish identity, the ‘Battle of Tara’ took place during the 1798 rebellion, Daniel O’Connell held a rally at the site in 1843 and the 1916 Proclamation was read at Tara.
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3D Icons at Tara
The 3D Icons project also conducted a programme of fieldwork on the Hill of Tara. They surveyed the entire hill in detail and created a 3D models of the hill and many of the individual monuments too.