Larkfield : Court Tomb

Grid RefG 887 332
Longitude8° 10' 24.12" W
Latitude54° 14' 50.83" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKillarga (3.2 Km)
OS Sheet26
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 6th April 2002

This is not an easy site to find and I'm not sure it's really worth the effort. The tomb is in a very sorry state but what does remain is enough to tell you that this would have been an impressive monument if only it had been left alone.

The (possibly double) chamber would have 2.5m wide at the entrance and at least 6m in length, tapering to 1.6m at the rear. One 1.7m entrance stone remains standing in front of the parce chamber stones and a couple of stones to the fore could be from the court, which would have been quite narrow and deep.

Not enough room has been left around this place for it to be seen properly and the grass and reeds are allowed to grow too high. There is no signs of the cairn or its extent.

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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.

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