Ballynahown : Wedge Tomb

CountyClare
Grid RefM 113 031
GPSM 11258 03072 (8m)
Longitude9° 19' 26.88" W
Latitude53° 4' 15.34" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLisdoonvarna (5.2 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 7th June 2004

The first of the four wedge tombs in this townland that we would see today. This one is the most unusual of them all, because it is actually in a dip cut into the bedrock. Directly in front of the tomb is an 40m x 40m expanse of exposed karst pavement, with many stones standing up in the grooves.

Just one wall-slab and part of the backstone stands now. Another slab lies to one side and is probably the remains of the other side. There are traces of the cairn outline, which was only a little larger than the tomb itself.

The remaining wall-slab is 3.5m long and 1.4m tall.

One of the most fascinating types of remains left to us by our neolithic ancestors. Enigmatic carvings on rocks, either loose boulders or earth-fast rocks. Designs vary enormously from simple cup marks to amazing spirals, zig-zags, checker-board and lozenge patterns.

No one knows what these symbols once stood for, but many theories exist including star charts, calendars and maps. Many passage tombs are adorned with rock art, both inside the chamber and on the kerb.

A cairn is a large pile of stones, quite often (but not always) containing a burial. Sometimes they have a kerb around the base.

Most cairns are hemi-spherical (like half a football), but the piles of stones used to cover wedge tombs, court tombs and portal tombs are also called cairns. When associated with these types of monument they are not always round, but sometimes rectangular or trapezoidal.

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Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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