Keel East : Chambered Cairn

Grid RefF 648 076
GPSF 64827 07569 (2m)
Longitude10° 3' 41.92" W
Latitude53° 59' 58.58" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDoagh (5.1 Km)
OS Sheets30, 22
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 30th May 2009

The State Monuments Register lists this as a 'Megalithic Structure' and a cist. After finding the remains I wouldn't know how to classify it either, so I gone with the cist and cairn rubble to call it a Chambered Cairn.

The most obvious part of the monument is a pair of stones that stand 1m apart on the top of the cairn material. These are 60cm or so high and 30cm deep. They are set parallel to each other, as if they are very small entrance stones into something now gone.

Just below these a 4m long spur of cairn material heads off to the east and in this there is an opened chamber of sorts. This is very small and retains some covering.

Altogether a very odd monument indeed that deserves excavation to find out what it actually is!

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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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