The following is an update on the progress to confirm my hypothesis regarding the symbols found on Orthostat L2 within the Mound of the Hostages at Tara.
Though the lidar and magnetic gradiometry images used to support my research, should have been sufficient enough to convince the Irish archaeologists whom I’ve corresponded with over the past three (3) years, that the matter warranted further investigation, this proved not to be the case. As such, I contacted the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) requesting their assistance in mapping the subsurface features of Tara. While they were unable to do so, the head of the department did respond with the following:
“Your idea that the orthostat is an early map of Tara is very interesting and certainly looks to me as if the features [symbols] line up with the terrain visible in the lidar image[s] and aerial photos.”
“Let me give you some idea of my background. I am an expert in mapping radar systems, of some 27 years experience. One of my interests over the years has been radar archaeology, and while I am not an archaeologist, I have worked with a couple in the past.”
“For the radar, we do have an airborne capability at JPL, but no near-term plans to deploy it to Europe (in which case it would be easy to tack on some flights over Co. Meath). But, JPL developed an interferometric radar called GeoSAR a few years ago, which has the sort of characteristics I think you need, and is now operated by a commercial company.”
At NASA’s suggestion, I submitted a proposal to the aforementioned geosciences firm, and received the following from their Chief Operating Officer (COO).
“First, my apologies for the delayed response as I needed a little time to check into the facts of the matter before getting back to you. Also, let me say that I appreciate your interest in Tara and your endeavours to have its historic importance recognised by UNESCO so as to preserve this site for future generations."
"Our recommendation would be that you contact the appropriate agencies in Ireland such as the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, or the Department of Communication and Natural Resources or the Office of Public Works, to see if one or more of these agencies would be prepared to take the lead in undertaking a geophysical survey at Tara. If there is a willingness by one or more Irish Government agency to undertake further surveys at Tara, [we] would be willing to contribute to the preparation of a survey specification document and may be in a position to contribute to the actual survey work itself."
While waiting to hear back from some of the government agencies in Ireland, I decided to apply what I’d learned from my Tara paper, to the symbols on the two panels of Orthostat 8, Site 14, Knowth. Upon completing this second paper, ‘Petroglyphs, the Bend in the Boyne’, I submitted both to Dr. George Nash, a preeminent Prehistoric rock art specialist. Following is his initial response.
Dated: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:28:41 +0100 (BST)
“Many thanks for the email. I must admit that I have already read one of your papers and am convinced of what you are saying holds water. I am in Romania at the moment, but on my return I will read through both. I do have a little bit of influence and know of the Tara situation well and the anger from locals and visitors alike. I will make contact within the next week.”
That said, should any members or guests to this website, who happen to be archaeologists or anthropologists, that have any influence within their respective communities and/or the media, please contact me through the email link at the end of the article.
Orthostat, the Mound of the Hostages
Petroglyphs, the Bend in the Boyne