Procession and symbolism at Tara: analysis of Tech Midchúarta (the Banqueting Hall) in the context of the sacral campus
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Newman, C. (2007). Procession and symbolism at Tara: analysis of Tech Midchúarta (the Banqueting Hall) in the context of the sacral campus. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 26(4), 415-438. doi: doi:10.1111/j.1468-0092.2007.00291.x
New analysis explores Tech Midchúarta (the ‘Banqueting Hall’) from the point of view of a sacral, processional approach to the summit of the Hill of Tara, the pre‐eminent cult and inauguration site of prehistoric and early medieval Ireland. It is suggested that aspects of its architectural form symbolize the liminal boundary between the human world and the Otherworld of Tara, and that in so far as Tech Midchúarta is also designed to control and manipulate how the ceremonial complex is disclosed to the observer, it assembles the existing monuments into one, integrated ceremonial campus. It is argued that Tech Midchúarta is one of the later monuments on the Hill of Tara and that it may date from the early medieval period. Using the evidence of documentary sources and extant monuments, a possible processional route from Tech Midchúarta to Ráith na Ríg is described.