Drumcarbit : Rock Art

CountyDonegal
Grid RefC 487 498
GPSC 48666 49831 (4m)
Longitude7° 14' 1.85" W
Latitude55° 17' 34.75" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMalin (1.7 Km)
OS Sheet3
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 17th August 2008

Quite some time ago I went looking for this panel and failed to find it. The local contact I had that knew where it was had passed away, so it seemed that it was going to elude us for a while. Fortunately, a friend of a friend knew its location.

This is an extaordinary rock art panel. There is only one motif on it, but that single motif is massive. It consists of a single cup mark with 10 rings around it and two gutters. The outer ring is 60cm in diameter.

The carving is in a good state of preservation, so much so that you can see the peck marks in the rings. This is probably because the panel has been under trees for many years, possibly since it was uncovered. It was moved to its current position during the last few years when a nearby track was altered. Fortunately, the new location is also under cover, so hopefully the carvings will remain as crisp as they are.

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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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