Carn : Court Tomb

Grid RefH 610 260
GPSH 61044 26021 (3m)
Longitude7° 3' 53.92" W
Latitude54° 10' 46.01" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownNewbliss (5.1 Km)
OS Sheets28, 28A
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 7th March 2010

Of all the monuments we visited today this is the best. The 33m long, 14m wide trapezoidal cairn can still be traced. The gallery is in fairly good condition and the court is almost complete.

The gallery is 9m long and split into 3 chambers, each 3m long. The first break is formed with two opposing jambs and the second break is marked by a single jamb. The orthostats of the rear chamber have been removed, so there may have been a second jamb here. The backstone of the gallery is still present.

The court is deep and wide, probably a three quarter court. There are a couple of façade stones along the front edge of the cairn, which only remains to a height of 40cm or so.

The location is typical for this area; on the top of a high drumlin. The views now are over rolling farm land. The site is easy to reach, being a short uphill walk from a nearby farmyard.

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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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