Shevry : Stone Pair

Grid RefR 968 596
GPSR 96789 59638 (9m)
Longitude8° 2' 50.97" W
Latitude52° 41' 16.63" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBorrisoleigh (9.5 Km)
OS Sheet66
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Friday, 31st December 2004

I wasn't actually sure how to classify this site within the limitations of the Megalithomania structure, because the monument here is quite unusual. The OS map simply says "Standing Stones" and indeed that is what it looks like at first glance.

Just 5m from the road two stones stand aligned east-west. The east stone is the tallest at 1.4m or so. The smaller stone is about 1m tall.

While walking around these stones I noticed that the ground either side of the large stone was slightly raised. Looking more closely I could see that this raised area continued around in a circle that surrounds the smaller stone. Hang on - a circular enclosure with an entrance at the east? It's a little henge ! WOW!!!

This henge is very small: just 5m or so in diameter and the small stone is not quite central. The larger stone stands just outside the entrance.

Henges are circular monuments that are defined by an outer earthen bank with a ditch around the inside. With the ditch on the inside they are obviously useless as defensive structures and so are considered to be of ritual origins.

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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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