Can you imagine this scene - Arthur Griffith, in the esteemed company of William Butler Yeats, George Moore and Douglas Hyde standing on the Hill of Tara? Not out for a walk or a discussion about contemporary culture, but waging a protest about the exploratory dig on the hill for the Ark of the Covenant, the gold encrusted oak box which contains the stone tablets that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai. Then Maud Gonne arrives, lights a bonfire and starts singing "A Nation Once Again" at the top of her voice. Then the man who owns that land arrives and threatens to shoot them! This actually happened at the turn of the century in Co. Meath. Between 1899 and 1902, a group known as the British-Israelites dug the Hill of Tara in their quest to find the Ark of the Covenant. Tara and the Ark of the Covenant describes the story of this excavation and places it in its archaeological, historical, cultural and political context. It describes the reasons for the British-Israelites expedition and the involvement of the Freemasons in their quest.