Knockmaroe : Wedge Tomb

CountyTipperary
Grid RefR 926 599
GPSR 92557 59881 (11m)
Longitude8° 6' 36.31" W
Latitude52° 41' 24.34" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBorrisoleigh (12.5 Km)
OS Sheet66
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Friday, 31st December 2004

When I last looked for this tomb I just peered over the hedge from the road below and (for some reason) assumed that it was in a clump of trees, which are in fact just behind the monument.

There's herdly anything left. A sad capstone rests on two orthostats (one wallslab and the backstone). These are set into a considerable amount of cairn material, which forms a natural looking bump in the field.

The tomb is built into a south facing slaope and appears to point southwest, but the scant remains aren't really good enough to be sure.

A barrow is essentially a mound of earth over one or more burials. They are more usually to be dated to the Bronze Age. There are many forms of barrow including ring, bowl, long and bell barrows.

Ring barrows are formed by digging a circular trench or fosse around a central burial, with no mound.

Bowl barrows are formed by heaping up soil over the burial(s) from a surrounding fosse, these often have an external bank too (see Ballyremon Commons (County Wicklow)).

Bell barows are simply round mounds with no fosse or external bank.

Long barrows are rare in Ireland and are more common in southwest England. Their shape is basically ovoid rather than round (see Ballynoe (County Down))

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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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