Lugg : Henge

Grid RefO 032 246
GPSO 03216 24568 (7m)
Longitude6° 27' 10.97" W
Latitude53° 15' 41.15" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTallaght (6.4 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th April 2006

I really didn't know what to expect if and when I found this amazing site. It looks very deep into the woods on the OS map, but it's not actually too bad. You can see the clearing from the track.

This monument is special. It consists of large circular ditch with a 1.5m high bank inside it and a low bank outside. The outer face of this was found to be lined with stones during excavation. Inside the enclosure there is another ring ditch that surrounds a low mound - similar to a ring barrow.

Excavations also revealed that this was in fact a multi-phase monument. The henge is the final stage, but it originally consisted of a timber henge. This was followed by a brief period of habitation before the hhenge and mound were raised.

Unfortunately the site as been shamefully neglected and the central area now had birch trees and gorse bushes growing in it, making it very hard to appreciate the site as a whole. It really should be cleared and whoever is responsible for it should be ashamed of themselves.

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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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