Hill of Tara

This morning, I visited the complex site known as Hill of Tara. Summary information on the site as follows:

  • Located midway between Navan and Dunshaughlin in central County Meath, about 40 minutes north of Dublin.
  • Contains a mix of graves, tombs and temples built over a long period ranging from the fourth millennium BC to the 15th century AD.
  • A historic power and religious base  centred on the Kingship of Tara.
  • Each succeeding generation and culture from the fourth millennium onwards built on the work of that which already existed.
  • The oldest monument on the site is a passage tomb of Dumha na nGiall which dates from the third millennium BC. This was excavated 1955-9 and then restored. There are some forty Bronze Age burials inserted into the soil mantle and passage.
  • Later in the third millennium a 200 m long cursus-like enclosure was built down the northern flank of the hill,
  • Next, two great henges were built just off the hill, one of which measures 270m in diameter.
  • More than 25 barrows and ring-ditches occur on Tara, mostly from the Bronze-Age.
  • A hengiform enclosure extending to 1000m in circumference encircles the crown of the hill. This dates from the Iron-Age ( 1st century BC).
  • Tech Cormaic, a bivallate ring fort is probably the latest earthwork on Tara.

The site includes a visitor centre and refreshment facilities.

Video clip of site

Hill of Tara

Hill of Tara

Hill of Tara

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