Goakstown : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefD 316 108
Longitude5° 56' 48.89" W
Latitude54° 55' 38.7" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGlenarm (4.5 Km)
OS Sheet9
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th July 2003

The tomb is sited on a southwesterly slope and is 10m long, 5m wide at front and tapers to around 4m wide at the rear. The inner gallery is just over 1m wide. This relative narrowness makes the front appear to be a split portico at first, but after locating the gallery walls beneath the grass you can tell that it isn't it isn't. Several sill stones can be traced beneath the grass and cairn rubble too and a fine and curious doorstone separates the gallery from the portico. This has either recently (i.e. in the last 150 years) been broken or is two well fitting stones, which would have left a possible crawl hole at the top left corner into the tomb when the roof and mound was in place. One huge facade stone stands to the front of the entrance.

One roofstone is in place near to the rear of the gallery with many others displaced. The main structural stones that are visible are the external double walling. These stones, all local sandstone, show clearly the wedge shape of the monument, rising in height from back to front. The largest of these is 1.6m tall and 1.5m wide.

Slemish dominates the SSW horizon in an unavoidable manner, making its presence very obvious.

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Sunday, 13th April 2008

It has been nearly five years since I was shown this site by Anthony Weir. It seems like yesterday, really. At the time of this visit there were young lambs in the field, so I didn't enter, and made do with looking at it over the hedgerow alongside the track that runs past it.

The top of the monument is now heavily crowned with large gorse bushes. They might look pretty when in flower, but the damage that the roots are doing to the structure could be very costly on the long run.

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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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