Cregdotia : Wedge Tomb

CountyGalway
Grid RefM 129 555
Longitude9° 18' 50.49" W
Latitude53° 32' 31.93" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCong (1.9 Km)
OS Sheet38
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 25th January 2003

This is a really nasty one to get to because of the very rough and craggy limestone pavement that surrounds it. If you do attempt it then I thoroughly recommend very good boots and a walking stick to test out the ground before you place your foot anywhere! The forest floor looks lovely and mossy but beneath this green covering lie a thousand traps just waiting to get you.

The cairn has been stripped off the top and the rear chamber has been opened by splitting the roofstone. The Gallery is around 5m long and goes at least 1m into the pavement and stands 50cm proud of it. There are two chambers within separated by a jamb on the south side and a possible on the north. If the north is a jamb then it toatally closes the gallery between the two sections. The forward chamber is pretty full of debris, and the roofstone is to one side. Over the two door stones there is a very nice lintel stone - still in situ. No portico evident. The rear is closed by a single slab. The walls each formed by 2 huge limestone slabs.

It is situated on the north edge of the pavement, which rises to the south and is aligned E-W, with the entrance at the west end. Just 4m to the north is a 5m drop to a mainly soil ground level. A wonderful location if it wasn't surrounded by trees.

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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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