Browndod : Court Tomb

Grid RefJ 202 923
GPSJ 20211 92312 (5m)
Longitude6° 7' 55.81" W
Latitude54° 45' 51.41" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownAntrim (7.4 Km)
OS Sheet14
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 27th April 2008

This site isn't on the OS map and isn't visited as often as its more famous neighbour (which itself is hardly ever visited!)

From the road below it is hard to tell what is actually left, but it looks impressive. Close-up it is a half and half site. It is impressive, but a lot of it is missing.

The court faces up-hill into the west-facing slope. The north side has been quite damaged and only a couple of stones remain. The south side is complete and it is these large stones that you can see from below. Next to these there are two stones from the facade, which are equally as large.

The gallery has gone. A low mound below the court represents all that is left of the gallery and cairn. There are two massive recumbent stones between these remains and the court, which judging by their location are presumably displace entrance jambs, but they could be roofstones.

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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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