‘Tara’: Deep maps and psychogeographies

Posted by Ian on Mar 20, 2011 in academic, publications, video

Presented at ‘Tara: The Symposium’ – School of Archaeology, UCD & John Hume Global Irish Institute – 24-6 October 2009

The Hill of Tara is one of the most famous historical and archaeological sites in Ireland. Although the archaeological surveys and excavations have provided significant knowledge about the sites and features on the hill, this paper argues that the significance of ‘Tara’ is not found directly in data or in the tangible qualities of the landscape but in the deep, shifting and dynamic relations between people and the many places and stories which are bundled within the name ‘Tara’. Applying theories of deep mapping and psychogeographic study, the paper will explore the consonances and dissonances within the heritages of ‘Tara’ and suggest new ways of engaging with its ongoing narrative.