Mill Little : Boulder Burial

CountyCork
Grid RefV 990 566
Longitude9° 27' 45.96" W
Latitude51° 45' 9.99" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBantry (7.9 Km)
OS Sheet85
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Mill Little - Stone Circle
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th April 2003

I think this is one of the prettiest boulder burials you will see anywhere. It is simply perfect in form.

Three low stones support a large rounded (but slightly pointy) boulder that projects out over the front supporting stone. The similarity to this mini-structure and a portal tomb is quite sriking, but obviously on a far smaller scale. With this one I don't mind people calling them 'boulder dolmems'.

So, if you want to see a great boulder burial come here and marvel at the simplisticity of form demonstrated by this one - a lot of sculptors have tried for many years to obtain the loveliness of proportion attained here.

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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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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