Thursday, May 26, 2022

Archaeology 360: The Hill of Tara, Co. Meath


I’ve taken my 360-degree 3D Vuze camera to some sites that are interesting and important to me, but they’re hardly well known. That changes now! A while back I had the opportunity to go to Tara, Co. Meath and play around up there. Unfortunately, the camera wasn’t as excited to be on this important site as I was, and insisted on repeatedly cutting out after only a sort amount of time filming. For all that, I think they resulting short clips are worth presenting to give a feeling for the place. If you don’t already know, the Hill of Tara is an ancient ceremonial and burial site and I will not attempt to paraphrase the entire Wiki page here, but go have a read for yourself [here].

I’ve compiled the tour into a consecutive YouTube playlist [here], or you can access each video clip individually here:

Standing Stones in Churchyard Pt. I [0:15]

Standing Stones in Churchyard Pt. II [0:30]

Ráth Chaelchon (Sloping Trenches) [0:13]

Banqueting Hall [0:13]

Ráth na Seanadh (the 'Rath of the Synods') [0:23]

Passage tomb: Dumha na nGiall (the 'Mound of the Hostages') [0:47]

Double-ditched enclosure: Forradh/Royal Seat [0:49]

Double-ditched enclosure: Teach Chormaic ('Cormac's House') [0:44]

Standing stone: Lia Fáil ('Stone of Destiny') Pt. I [0:18]

Standing stone: Lia Fáil ('Stone of Destiny') Pt. II [0:18]

Standing stone: Lia Fáil ('Stone of Destiny') Pt. III [0:13]


As I say, the video isn't as good as I'd like, but that just gives me another reason to come back again!

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