Kilmackowen : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefV 681 494
GPSV 68060 49351 (8m)
Longitude9° 54' 28.39" W
Latitude51° 40' 52.41" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownEyeries (3.4 Km)
OS Sheet84
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th September 2004

This is a sweet little tomb. The sides are both formed using single slabs and there is some close-set double walling on the northern side. The front is open to the west. A single triangular roofstone covers the unsegmented gallery .

There is a very unusual arc of stones running down the field and across to the standing stone in the next field. This does not appear to be any form of field boundary, because it does not extend beyond either monument.

The tomb occupies a location on a little flat-topped bump on the northwest facing slopes of Eagle Hill in the Slieve Miskish Mountains.

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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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