'Vicars Carn' : Cairn

Grid RefH 914 398
GPSH 91416 39757 (7m)
Longitude6° 35' 44.55" W
Latitude54° 17' 53.94" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMarkethill (4.9 Km)
OS Sheets28, 28B
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th February 2006

Finding this site made no sense at all! The roads all seemed to be in the wrong place ... basically I got lost ...

Eventually I found it and was pleasantly surprised by the state of preservation - if you ignore the trig point that's been plonked on top of it.

The cairn is over 4m tall and 20m in diameter. Id it just a cairn or is there a passage in there somewhere? It is certainly in the right kind of place for a passage tomb. As with everywhere else today the weather was too poor to assess the views from this high spot.

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.

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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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