Eanty More : Wedge Tomb

CountyClare
Grid RefM 264 004
Longitude9° 5' 51.49" W
Latitude53° 2' 57.19" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallyvaghan (8.1 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Wednesday, 17th March 2010

Many of the few photos I've seen of this monument show it from the front, which is its best aspect. From this angle it looks complete and a perfect little box. It is of the same type as the tombs at Poulaphuca (County Clare) and Gleninsheen (County Clare); a simple cuboid chamber with no appreciable wedge-like profile. Like Poulaphuca there is a little corner missing from one of the endslabs and the gallery is aligned east-west. However, it is much smaller than both of the above mentioned monuments, measuring around 2m long and a little over 1m high and wide.

The roof has been broken at the rear and part of the roofstone is inside the gallery. The backstone is displaced and lies untidily at the rear. There are a few loose stones piled up around the tomb, but nothing that could be said to really represent a cairn . The gallery is aligned east-west.

This is a tough one to reach. Getting here is a 1.5km walk across some pretty treacherous limestone pavement. The tomb itself stands on a large expanse of limestone pavement with very wide and deep clefts.

A cairn is a large pile of stones, quite often (but not always) containing a burial. Sometimes they have a kerb around the base.

Most cairns are hemi-spherical (like half a football), but the piles of stones used to cover wedge tombs, court tombs and portal tombs are also called cairns. When associated with these types of monument they are not always round, but sometimes rectangular or trapezoidal.

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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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