Huntington : Bullaun Stone

CountyCarlow
Grid RefS 916 609
GPSS 91564 60855 (5m)
Longitude6° 38' 44.32" W
Latitude52° 41' 28.19" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBunclody (4.2 Km)
OS Sheet61
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 25th November 2007

This is a very nice example of a bullaun stone. It only has one bullaun or basin, but the stone as a whole is really good. The boulder, which was probably once earthfast, is located in the middle of a Christmas tree plantation, next to a track on a gentle, south facing slope looking down towards the Derry River.

The boulder is dome-shaped and at least 1.5m in diameter. The single bullaun is placed fairly centrally.

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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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