Lemnagh Beg : Passage Tomb

Grid RefD 022 433
GPSD 02233 43306 (3m)
Longitude6° 23' 35.45" W
Latitude55° 13' 34.3" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBushmills (8.4 Km)
OS Sheet5
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th December 2007

I was pleasantly surprised by the preservation of this little passage tomb. The capstone is still in place over a small chamber and much of the large kerb still survives, especially around the north edge of the monument.

Unlike nearby Clegnagh (County Antrim) and The Druid Stone (County Antrim) the orthostats of this site are still considerably sunk into the ground, which means that the top of the very irregular capstone is no more than 60cm above ground level. The very small chamber has been dug out to a depth of 50cm or so.

The stones forming the kerb are quite large compared with the tiny structure in the centre. The form of all three of these tombs bring to mind some of the small examples found at Carrowmore in Sligo, which are among the earliest monuments in Ireland.

The large rock used to form the roof of a portal tomb or kist.

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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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