Shevry : Artificial Mound

CountyTipperary
Grid RefR 968 597
Longitude8° 2' 50.38" W
Latitude52° 41' 18.64" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBorrisoleigh (9.4 Km)
OS Sheet66
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Friday, 31st December 2004

Just across the road from the henge at Shevry (County Tipperary) is this mound. The ground around it is saturated making approach very interesting indeed. I couldn't actually get right up to it, but I could see that it is about 2m tall, round and flat topped. It was probably a viewing platform associated with the henge. Due west of the site two hills form a lovely V shape, where perhaps equinox sunsets could be observed.

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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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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