Ballyvoy : Court Tomb

CountyAntrim
Grid RefD 158 417
GPSD 15797 41712 (5m)
Longitude6° 10' 50.73" W
Latitude55° 12' 32" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownArmoy (12.7 Km)
OS Sheet5
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Ballyvoy - Passage Tomb
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 18th February 2007

This is a fairly ruinous site. Only orthostats from the gallery remain - the court having gone. The gallery is aligned northeast-southwest with the entrance probably at the southwest end. To the northeast of the monument a rocky outcrop rises up. On the top of this there are the remains of a passage tomb.

The gallery is roughly 8m long and 1.5m wide. The tallest orthostat is 1m tall. The whole monument is built on a fairly severe slope making its profile very odd to look at. The rocky ridge that rises up behind the tomb adds to the off effect.

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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