57Carew, Mairéad. Tara and the Ark of the Covenant: A Search for the Ark of the Covenant by British Israelites on the Hill of Tara (1899-1902). Dublin: Discovery Programme/Royal Irish Academy, 2003, p. 3.

The author explains: "Tara was regarded by the British-Israelites as a powerfully symbolic site, their 'resuscitated' Jerusalem, and spiritual capital of the British Empire for the new millennium. To the cultural nationalists Tara was the capital of a future independent Ireland, free of the shackles of the British Empire. Both sides drew on interpretations of history and mythology to explain their actions."