Loughbrack : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefR 907 592
GPSR 90717 59213 (11m)
Longitude8° 8' 14.22" W
Latitude52° 41' 2.63" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownSilvermines (14 Km)
OS Sheet66
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th November 2002

What a pty that this one is so ruined - it would have been a monster. The gallery is over 6m in length and 1.7m wide. The backstone is almost 3m long and spans both the gallery and the double walling.

There is a sill stone at the east end separating the gallery from a possible portico. Two broken roof slabs are leaning against the walls, one in the gallery and one at the entrance.

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Friday, 31st December 2004

This site has stuck in my mind ever since I visited it and I've never really been happy with either the photos or my rather poor comments from my previous visit. The obvious course of action was to revisit and put things right, so that's exactly what I did.

The alignment of the gallery is ENE-WSW with the entrance at the east (odd). It is aligned with the highest point of the hill to the west (Kilcommon townland).

Inside the gallery at its rear there is still some of the inner walling left - what you see is mainly the outer 'skin' of the double walling. A broken slab (possibly a bit of a roofslab) lies in the rear section of the gallery. Around the outside of the walls the ground is strewn with what's left of the cairn making the ground very difficult to walk across.

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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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