Loughmacrory : Court Tomb

CountyTyrone
Grid RefH 585 770
Longitude7° 5' 38.03" W
Latitude54° 38' 15.75" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownOmagh (13.2 Km)
OS Sheet13
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 8th June 2003

This is not marked on the OS map, probably because they were running out of space locally! This is right by the road, so close in fact that a row of stones that may have been the facade form the field boundary.

Nearest the road is a very narrow court. Beyond this is a ruined gallery . The cairn is around 25m long and stretches at right angles away from the road. At the far end is a hodge-podge of stones. a wall seems to have been constructed across where the far gallery should be and in front of that is a very disrupted court.

It has a fine boulder kerb down both sides of the cairn. The accessibility of the site makes it of interest and because the field is right next to the farm it seems to be kept in good order, which is always good to see.

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.

A kerb is a ring of stones placed around the perimeter of a burial mound or cairn. It basically serves the purpose of a retaining wall to keep the cairn or earth in place. Kerbs are usually associated with passage tombs, but do occur on court tombs and wedge tombs too.

Sometimes on passage tombs the stones can bear decoration, such as at Newgrange (County Meath).

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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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