Leading archaeologists to debate 'ethics' of Tara road
A PRESTIGIOUS forum of the world's leading archaeologists is to debate the "ethics" surrounding a decision to build a motorway near the Hill of Tara.
In what could prove to be highly embarrassing for the Government, the World Archaeological Congress is to hold a public debate on whether a decision to run a motorway through one of the country's most sensitive archaeological sites was merited.
The M3 motorway is expected to be completed in two years. Since the final route was announced, academics worldwide and a group of campaigners living in the Tara Skryne Valley have criticised the decision.
The World Archaeological Congress will meet in Dublin from June 29 next.
- Irish Independent - Saturday June 07 2008
Archaeology event to discuss Tara
Irish Times - breaking news
Last Updated: 06/06/2008 19:59
The Hill of Tara will be debated by leaders in the world of archaeology at an international conference next month.
A round-table session in Dublin about the ethics of the construction of the controversial M3 motorway will form part of the Sixth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6).
The non-governmental group - the only archaeological organisation with elected global representation - holds an international convention every four years to promote the exchange of archaeological research, professional training, and the conservation of archaeological sites.
The M3 Motorway/Hill of Tara will be one of two themes debated by the WAC Ethics Forum during the event at University College Dublin from June 29th to July 4th.
Vincent Salafia of TaraWatch, which will submit a position statement for the debate, said campaigners are delighted Tara will be addressed by an impartial international forum of this calibre.
"The Tara/M3 issue has received massive international attention . . . but the debate in Ireland itself has been very muted, especially within professional archaeological circles," he said.
"This debate is going to be explosive, as there are a lot of reputations riding on this issue, and positions have become very entrenched on both sides."
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10th June 2008ce
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