Ballystokes : Rock Art

CountyDown
Grid RefJ 526 458
GPSJ 52637 45762 (8m)
Longitude5° 39' 10.39" W
Latitude54° 20' 15.42" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDownpatrick (4.1 Km)
OS Sheet21
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 26th August 2007

What a wonderous panel this is! It isn't very well known for some reason. However, it is easy enough to get to, as it lies just yards off St. Patrick's Way - a public footpath - in a field.

The whole panel is 2m long and 1m wide, but only a 1m x 50cm area is carved. This section is clearly defined by two fissures in the rock.

Amongst the mofits there are many cups (some of which seem to be arranged in lines or arcs) and several cup-and-rings. The cup-and-rings are grouped into three main concentrations. The outer two of these mainly have a single ring. In between these there are two cups with multiple rings. Out of one of these a gutter crosses the rings of the other. Dividing the northernmost group of motifs from the rest there is a deep V-shaped line. This could be have been caused by ploughing, but as it intersects none of the motifs it is likely to be original.

The long axis of the panel points southwest towards The Mournes, where Slieve Donard is clearly visible. These carvings are very faint. A bottle of water is recommended.

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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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