We're trying to preserve the Tara/Skryne Valley from the M3 motorway.
We're not against the M3, as long as it doesn't pass through the Tara/Skryne Valley
This map depicts the path of the proposed M3 motorway through the Tara Skryne Valley. As the motorway moves north from Dunsaughlin it is shown to pass through the valley, which is the heart of the medieval kingdom of Brega, between Tara and Skryne hills. This motorway must never cleave the archaeological complex which contains hundreds of monuments - that form the Hill of Tara National Monument. Below the map is an 04.03.04 letter to the Irish newspapers - objecting to the current plans.
The Irish Independent Letter to the Editor 04.03.04
DESTRUCTION OF TARA
Sir - As the leading authorities on the archaeology of the Tara complex, we refute unequivocally the assessment of impact of the proposed M3 motorway on Tara as outlined in Mr Brian Cullinane's letter.
His letter represents yet another attempt by the NRA to play-down the impact of this development on Tara and the number of sites and monuments that will be destroyed if this development goes ahead as planned.
His claim that the entire 60km of toll road will directly impact, i.e. destroy, just five archaeological sites (two recorded on the ground, three revealed through geophysical survey and 15 possible sites identified through field walking) is manifestly wrong and is also contradicted in the Environmental Impact Statement. Geophysical survey alone along the comparatively short stretch between Dunshaughlin and Kilcarn Bridge (about 14.5km) identified no fewer than 26 areas of archaeological significance.
Seven of these are described in the EIS as of "major archaeological interest" and a further 19 contain features described, sometimes rather euphemistically, as "circular features", "linear patterns", "pits" and "possible pits". All of the surveyed areas are peppered with "ferrous" material, meaning iron objects of indeterminate date and context. And this along a route specifically designed to avoid monuments! All of these sites and monuments are part of the royal estate and archaeological complex of Tara; together they define it. Therefore, this motorway will inflict irreparable damage on the historical integrity of this landscape.
CONOR NEWMAN and JOE FENWICK,
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