The Ark of The Covenant - Evidences

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Proof that The Ark is buried at the location I need to excavate is contained in the Irish Metrical Dindsenchas, which state that Teia Tephi is buried in a mergech (Hebrew for a temporary resting place) beneath a Mound that at the time of its construction measured 60 - 62 feet in diameter at the Hill of Tara.

The Mound of The Hostages is the only mound that fits that description and the Dindsenchas tell us that it was built by Eochaidh mac Duach Temin who was Ard ri and the husband of queen Teia (Taillte/Tailtiu).

The Dindsenchas also state that Teamur is the secret place of "The Way of Life" and in The Bible Covenant in The Torah in Deuteronomy we are told quite clearly that The Covenant is "The Way of Life".

Teia was buried North-East of the Foradh. The Mound of The Hostages is North-East of the Foradh, where the Lia Fail was kept and used for inaugurating the kings of Ireland for more than a thousand years after Teia's reign.

She was buried to the South of the Assemblies/Synods. The Mound of The Hostages is South of the Rath of the Synods.

Her fortress/tomb was in the design of her breast-pin and wand - that is - like the Tara Brooch. The design of the Mound of the Hostages is like the Tara Brooch found at Betty's Town.

By combining the many references it can be established, without doubt, that:-

1. Tephi was buried South of the Assemblies (Rath of the Synods) (Metrical Dindsenchas)

2. Tephi was buried North-East of An Foradh (Lebor Gabála)

3. "That a mound was raised over Tephi, measuring 62 feet by 62 feet".

4. That her mergech "is the secret place of The Way of Life" (The Ark of The Covenant and Christ) (Dindsenchas - Teamair 4; p. 31; line 24).

5. That location, from the directions, when all put together, cannot be anywhere other than beneath (not in) the Mound of The Hostages.

6. No-one but me with God's help; as His Deorad Dé; has ever been able to find and assemble all of the relevant clues to the location of her tomb and its entrance which has therefore not been found previously by anyone else as far as is known and that the tomb is still sealed.

7. That Duma na n-Giall (the Mound of The Hostages) was built by Teia Tephi (Taillte)'s husband Eochaidh Garbh mac Duach.



The (Irish) Metrical Dindsenchas - Part 1 (R.I.A. Todd Lecture Series vol. 8, Hodges, Figgis & Co., Ltd., Dublin, 1903)

"The literal translation of Dindsenchas is:- "History of the Eminences". Dindsenchas is the name of a celebrated ancient topographical tract giving the history of the eminent, distinguished, or notable places in Erin, and said to be compiled at Tara about the year 550. (dated in Eugene O'Curry's Lectures, p.188)"

Teamair 2; page 7; lines 9-20:-

"The abode was a keep, was a fortress, was a pride, a rampart free from ravage, whereon was to be the grave of Tea after death, so that it should be an increase to her fame.

Gentle Erimon (Heremon*) the humble had a wife to whom he was joyfully bonded; she got from him all her eager desires; he granted everything she spoke of.

Brega Tea, a teeming home, is famed because Tea (Teia) was a noble dame; the funeral mound under which is the great mergech**, the burying ground that was not rifled."

* Hebrew word, meaning Ard ri or High-king.

** Mergech is Hebrew not Gaelic (meirge), meaning:- a temporary resting-place, or a depository, for treasure. Why would the Hebrew word Mergech be used in an Irish (Gaelic) verse, unless Tephi, whose tomb it is, was originally a Hebrew princess? There can be no other logical explanation for using a Hebrew word in a Gaelic verse.

An extract quoted in Conwell's book, taken from Brian O'Looney M. R. I. A.'s translation of the Dindsenchas, from Leabhar Lecain - "Book of Lecan", fol. 258, a. a.:-


The Fair of Taillten.

From the Dindsenchas Erion - History of the Eminent Places in Erin.

"Taillten, why so called? Answer: Tailtiu, daughter of Magh Mor, the wife of Eochaidh Garbh, son of Duach Temin; it was by him Duma na n-Giall (the Mound of The Hostages), at Temair, was made,

22 The mur of Taillten (Teia Tephi) survives all time In which she was buried without doubt


Cu-un O' Cochlain, a celebrated bard, who for a time was Regent of Ireland (A.D. 1024), collected the legends which in his day were prevalent concerning Tara, and ran them into a poetic selection, from which the following is taken:-

"The gentle Heremon (Ard ri) here maintained His lady, safe in an impregnable fortress; She received from him all the favours she desired, And all his promises to her he fulfilled.

Bregli of Tea was a delightful abode, On record as a place of great renown; It contained the grand, the great Mergech, A sepulchre which has not been violated.

The (adopted) daughter of pharaoh, of many champions, Tephi, the most beautiful that traversed the plains, Here formed a fortress, circular and strong, which she described with her breast pin and wand.

She gave a name to her fair fortress, This royal lady of agreeable aspect, "The Fortress of Tephi", where met the assembly, Where every proceeding was conducted with priority.

It may be related without reserve, That a mound was raised over Tephi as here recorded, And the bier beneath this unequaled tomb, Here formed for this mighty queen.


It is a mystery not to be uttered, The length and breadth of the Tomb of Tephi, Accurately measured by the sages, Was sixty two feet of exact measure, As prophets and Druids have related.

Tephi was her name! She excelled all virgins! Wretched for him who had to entomb here; Sixty feet of correct admeasurement, Were marked as a sepulchre to enshrine her.

It is asserted that all mankind may know - That a mound was raised over Tephi as recorded, And she lies beneath this unequaled tomb, Here formed for this mighty queen.


A meeting was held to select a sepulchre, In the South, as a tomb for the beloved Tephi; Temor, the impregnable, of lasting resources, Which conferred on the woman high renown."

Amergin, who was chief bard to king Dermod, a sixth century monarch of Ireland, wrote of Tea Tephi:

"A rampart raised around her house, For Teah, the daughter of God's House, She was buried outside in her mound, And from her it was named Tea-Mur."

Tea (Teia) Tephi (queen Taillte) is mentioned repeatedly in ancient Irish literature and pops up everywhere, because she was the most important; famous and dearly beloved sovereign in Ireland's entire history, and certainly was not a myth

"The Ancient Assemblies"; page 320; line 24:-

"Her (Tephi's) grave according to Lebor Gabála* was North-East of the Foradh (Inauguration Mound at Tara where the Lia Fail was kept) (conadh é a fert fil ón foradh Taillten sair túaidh)."

* Lebor Gabála Érenn (the Book of the Invasions of Ireland in the Book of Leinster) is one of the most ancient of Irish chronicles predating Giraldus Cambrensis' (1147 - 1223) Eversus and Topography of Ireland (Topographia Hiberniae).

Also in The (Irish) Metrical Dindsenchas:-

Her resting-place (Mergech) is under a mound measuring sixty feet in diameter, which is South of the Assemblies (Rath of the Synods) and:-

"It may be related without reserve That a mound was raised over Tephi as recorded, And she lies beneath this unequalled tomb, (which was evidently circular, as)

The length and the breadth of the house* of Tephi, Accurately measured by the sages, Was sixty feet of exact measure, As prophets and druids have related."

* tomb

The Secret Place of The Way of Life at Tara

The (Irish) Metrical Dindsenchas - Part 1 (R.I.A. Todd Lecture Series vol. 8, Hodges, Figgis & Co., Ltd., Dublin, 1903)

Teamair 4; page 29 and 31; lines 17-24:-

"The Fort of Crofind (now called Tara) pen of victory, excels Boand (Bru na Boan|gus), millstone of combat. When Cormac was among the famous bright shone the fame of his career; no keep like Temair (Tara) could be found; she was the secret place of The Way of Life*".

* Old Testament/Covenant - Fifth Book of Moses - Deuteronomy:-

30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the "I AM" thy God, to walk in His Ways, and to keep His Commandments and His Statutes and His Judgments (in The Covenant - The Way of Life), that thou mayest live and multiply: and the "I AM" thy God shall bless thee in the land where thou goest to possess it.

30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose [The Way of] life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
30:20 That thou mayest love the "I AM" thy God, [and] that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He [is] thy Life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the "I AM" sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob/Israel, to give them.

31:29 For I (Moses) know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt [yourselves], and turn aside from The Way [of Life] which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the "I AM", to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.

32:46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this Law. 32:47 For it [is] not a worthless thing for you; because it [is] your Life:

Exodus 18:20 And thou shalt teach them Ordinances and Laws, and shalt show them The Way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.

32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of The Way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These [be] thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

New Covenant - John 14:6 "I am The Way; The Truth and The Life."


Eugene A. Conwell M. R. I. A.; M. A. I.; F. R. Hist. Soc.; &c.; Inspector of Irish National Schools wrote, in 1873, as a footnote on page 13 of his book titled, "Discovery of the Tomb of Ollamh Fodhla:-

"It ought to be observed that some persons doubt the great antiquity ascribed to some of our early Irish celebrities; but, we take the statements of the Annalists for what they are worth, and will be glad, in the interests of truth, to see them (the dates) overturned, if such can be done, by better documentary evidence, whenever that can be produced."

Footnote on page 23:-

* Ollamh Fodhla:- "The Age of the world 3922. Ollamh Fodhla (the Great Law-giver), after having been forty years in the sovereignty of Ireland, died at his own mur (house), at Teamhair. He was the first king by whom the Feis Teamhrach (the three feasts yearly, as explained in The Torah) was established; and it was by him Mur-Ollamhan (university for teaching The Torah, which could also double as a banquetting-hall - Sean P. O'Riordhain 1955) was erected at Teamhair (over what had previously been a chariot run approach to the Assembly at Tara). It was he also that appointed a chieftain over every cantred." and a Brughaidh over every townland, who were all to serve the king of Ireland. Eochaidh was the first name of Ollamh Fodhla; and he was called Ollamh (*Fodhla) because he had first been a learned Ollamh (chief poet), and afterwards king of (Fodhla, i.e. of) Ireland."

* Ollamh Fodhla does not mean what Dr. O'Donovan states, i.e. Chief Poet of Ireland, because it is Hebrew as well as Gaelic and in Hebrew it means the Wonderful Possessor, or Revealer, of Hidden Knowledge; a title perfectly befitting Jeremiah the Bible Prophet.

Eochaidh Garbh (mac Duach) the husband of queen Tailte (Tea "Teia" Tephi) and High-king (who built the Mound of The Hostages) was called Ollamh Fodhla not because he was the chief poet (he was the king) but because he had first served and been taught The Law (The Torah) by Jeremiah the Bible Prophet, who was the original Ollamh Fodhla and then, as his successor, Eochaidh built the university for ollamh's to teach The Torah (God's Law) at Tara (Torah) and so he inherited Jeremiah's title.

The kings, according to The Torah were always to be anointed by and subservient to God's Prophets, and were meant to rule according to the counsel of God given to the king by His Prophet. That is why Ollamh Fodhla was first Jeremiah (God's Prophet) and then the king (Eochaidh) of Ireland. --

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