Termon : Wedge Tomb

CountyClare
Grid RefM 284 006
GPSM 28399 00604 (3m)
Longitude9° 4' 4.35" W
Latitude53° 3' 4.77" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallyvaghan (9 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Wednesday, 17th March 2010

This could be one of the best preserved tombs in The Burren. It is also one of the smallest. The gallery is only 2m or so in length and not much more than 1m wide. The cairn remains to a height of about 1m, but does not quite reach the single roofslab that covers the entire gallery.

The roofslab is wonderfully sculptural, with a sizable portion seemingly missing as if eaten by a hungry giant.

The gallery is aligned east-west as is typical. About 5m west of the tomb there is what appears to be a low standing stone. A further 5m beyond this there is a small cairn, no more than 40cm high and 2m across. These are not directly on the axis of the gallery, but the three items do form a straight line.

The whole area around the tomb is being gobbled up by thorns and hazel. Just to the north of the tomb is an open patch of good limestone pavement, while the land to the south drops away slightly. Reaching the site is not easy and is best done from Templecronan (County Clare). There are some good gaps in the two or three intervening hedgerows if you look hard enough.

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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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