Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 11:15
Subject: [TaraWatch] Applying the ten
UNESCO Guidelines criteria to Tara
-- ianlacey1986 <email@example.com>
> It may not be suitable for the petition but perhaps really
> the impact the M3 will have on the 'integrity' of the site in
> 16 and especially at the conclusion would benefit. From my
> experience, UNESCO are wary about putting their name to a site where
> its integrity is affected and if it were re-iterated once or twice
> throughout the text it may help. It is the 'integrity' of the site
> that will concern UNESCO and ICOMOS the most, and if it is also
> stated that it is a complex and landscape (which will be bissected);
> surely this integrity is threatned not only by the damage already
> caused but by future work also. It would not serve UNESCO's
credibility well to list a site currently witnessing such change and
with the Tara Campaign attracting such international
Congratulations on getting your excellent letter published
more I think about this, the more I think Minister Gormley
unwittingly opened the door on this entire issue again, and in
elevated it to another level.
I'm going to redraft the petition,
with a completely different format.
I'll go through all of the relevant
criteria, one by one, and give
independent evidence, to support its
applicability to Tara. Of the ten
criteria, which do you think does NOT apply
Again, the criteria are:
represent a masterpiece of human creative genius;
- What about this one?
On first glance I think no, but then when you
look at the mathematical and
astrological precision of some of the
monuments. Could you argue that the
entire collection of monuments,
placed there in succession over millennia,
represent a single work of
art...that used the natural landscape as a palate.
However, this may be
a stretch, and we should just use the clearly applicable
2. to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a
of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments
architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or
- Yes to this one. Many of these seem to overlap
with others below.
3. to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony
to a cultural
tradition or to a civilization which is living or which
- The Celtic Congress letter might work well here, as
Massachusetts Archaeological Society letter, showing it's
today to Celtic/Irish worldwide.
4. to be an outstanding
example of a type of building, architectural
or technological ensemble or
landscape which illustrates (a)
significant stage(s) in human
- we should note here that according to UNESCO Guidelines,
significant interactions between people and the natural
have been recognized as cultural landscapes.
someone list the periods represented at Tara? Bronze Age, Iron
Early Modern? what are the years? Which monuments best
5. to be an outstanding example of a traditional human
land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture
cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when
has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change;
to this one too. How do we differentiate with this and number 3?
6. to be
directly or tangibly associated with events or living
traditions, with ideas,
or with beliefs, with artistic and literary
works of outstanding universal
significance. (The Committee considers
that this criterion should preferably
be used in conjunction with other
- What events?
coronations? battles? synods? St Patrick/Druids?
- What traditions,
ideas, or beliefs? Brehon law? Christian/Pagan? tomb
literary works of outstanding universal significance are
7. to contain superlative natural phenomena or areas
natural beauty and aesthetic importance;
- How best to
describe the area of natural beauty? what designation did
Council have for parts of the area. Some of them were very
strangely didn't cover the area of the road take.
8. to be outstanding
examples representing major stages of earth's
history, including the record
of life, significant on-going geological
processes in the development of
landforms, or significant geomorphic or
about this one? is the Ice Age formation of Tara/Skryne hills
significant in a geological way?
9. to be outstanding examples
representing significant on-going
ecological and biological processes in the
evolution and development of
terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine
ecosystems and communities
of plants and animals;
- Probably not,
10. to contain the most important and significant natural
for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including
containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from
point of view of science or conservation.
- Again, probably not,
right? As long as we have number 7, we have the
natural aspects covered, for
purposes of Article 2 of the Convention.
So, my impression is that 2, 3,
4, 5, 6 and 7 all apply. What do you
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