Carrowroe : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefM 216 454
Longitude9° 10' 49.01" W
Latitude53° 27' 10.21" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownShrule (9.7 Km)
OS Sheet45
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 18th August 2007

This is very, very ruined. A tall stone and a short stone are all that remain upright. They stand on a small bump in the middle of a field, which is presumably what is left of the cairn. In the neighbouring field there are several large slabs that look similar to those used in the nearby portal tomb, so these may have come from the wedge tomb.

There is not enough of this monument to truly classify it, but a wedge tomb seems most likely. There isn't enough to say what its alignment was either, but east-west seems most likely.

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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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