This boulder, dug up by the owner of Spahil house, now resides in his garden covered by some carpet and plastic to protect it from the elements. The owner, a lovely man, is nmore than happy to show it to you and chat about it along with his other finds. These includes 12 saddle querns!
The stone was found by him in the fields below Banshee Stone (County Carlow) and brought back to his garden. The decoration is very unusual. There is one cup mark , a cup and ring motif with radiating lines (similar to Coolasnaghta (County Carlow)) and a very deep arc. The only other place I have seen a mark like this is on one of the stones at The Piper's Stones (County Wicklow).
Another very unusual feature is an irregular border that follows the outline of the top surface of the boulder.
After looking at the photos that I took I intend to pop back in the near future and take another look at this stone. I think it may well have been used to polish axes. If so then this is one of only a few ever found in Ireland.
A small, man made, hemi-spherical depression used as decoration on stones, usually no more than a few centimetres in diameter. They are quite often found with one or more rings around them.
While looking at the newest finds in the area I took the opportunity to rephotograph this unusual stone. My previous efforts did not do justice to the fine carving. The use of side flash instead of a torch definately makes a big difference.
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.