Eachtra Journal

ISSN 2009-2237

Tara Symposium: From the Past to the Future

September, 2009 · Written by: John Tierney Print This Page This entry is part 9 of 11 in the Issue 03

23rd-26th October 2009, University College Dublin

This is to draw or re-draw your attention to an upcoming symposium dealing with the Hill of Tara, county Meath, Ireland. The event, to be held in UCD over the weekend of 23rd-26th October 2009, brings together an international group of invited speakers for a collaborative review of the archaeology and meaning of Tara. Further information is contained in the attachment and on the symposium web page. An up-to-date version of the symposium programme is now available. Please excuse any cross-posting that may occur and we would appreciate it if you would display and circulate this notice for those that may be interested.


Tara Symposium: From the Past to the Future

23rd-26th October 2009

Following the publication by Wordwell of reports on Seán P. Ó Ríordáin’s excavations at the Mound of the Hostages (Muiris O’Sullivan 2005) and Rath of the Synods (Eoin Grogan 2008), the UCD School of Archaeology, in association with the UCD John Hume Institite for Global Irish Studies and the UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland, is hosting a symposium entitled Tara – From the Past to the Future.

Featuring approximately forty papers by an international group of scholars, the symposium promises to be the most extensive review of the archaeology of Tara undertaken to date.  It focuses on the data from the two excavation volumes but extends to a wider consideration of research undertaken at Tara over the past twenty years.  Themes include:

The archaeology of Tara

Papers subjecting particular aspects of the archaeology of Tara to detailed scrutiny

Underlying question: What more can be mined from the archaeological data?

Tara in its local and regional setting

Contributions examining the locality around Tara and exploring how Tara interacted with its surroundings at various times in the past

Underlying question: What was the settlement history of the landscape around the Hill of Tara?

Comparative perspectives on Tara

A variety of speakers examining Tara from the perspective of other iconic places such as Stonehenge and Carnac

Underlying question: What is the international perspective on Tara?

The significance of Tara through time

Addressing the distinctive qualities that have set Tara apart from ancient times to the present

Underlying question: What dynamics have influenced the emergence of the Tara phenomenon?

The symposium, takes place during the October Bank Holiday weekend in the Clinton Auditorium, UCD, Belfield.

Professor Muiris O’Sullivan
UCD School of Archaeology

Further information: www.ucd.ie/archaeology/tarasymposium2009

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