The Gossan Stones : Stone Pair

CountyWicklow
Grid RefT 145 988
GPST 14527 98768 (5m)
Longitude6° 17' 34.15" W
Latitude53° 1' 38.52" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLaragh (2.2 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Friday, 26th January 2007

These stones were brought to my attention by Chris Corlett a couple of years ago. I tried at the time to find them, but failed miserably. A recent article in Archaeology Ireland magazine, by Chris, about these stones spurred me on to trying again. Sadly, the article didn't actually give any positional information.

These two stones are a male/female pairing unusually aligned north-south, with the northern stone being the female one. When Chris Corlett visited these stones he noticed that the Devil's Glen, a deep V-shaped valley, is due east of these stones. This could mean that the stones were erected here to mark the Equinox sun rise through the Glen.

Considering they could mark such an important event they aren't very impressive (although they are very nice.) The tallest is only slightly over 1m tall and if you get down to their height you can no longer see The Devil's Glen. The location of the stones is quite unusual anyway, being in a saddle between two peaks.

Liam Price mentioned these stones and referred to them as 'The Gossip Stones'. He also said there was a bullaun nearby, but I couldn't find it.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

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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