Slieveowen : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefW 318 623
Longitude8° 59' 20.2" W
Latitude51° 48' 32.23" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCrookstown (11.4 Km)
OS Sheet86
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 23rd June 2002

If this tomb was cleared and had the endangering trees cleared from around it then it would be a lovely example.

Its 7m long, 1.4m wide gallery is crammed in between two tightly spaced rows of trees, the roots of which are starting to push the walls in. The west end of the chamber is full of needles, but this deposit thins towrds the east where in goes to a depth of 1.5m.

Standing in this depression the tallest stone is as tall as me - over 1.85m high.

With a little care and clearing this would be extremely visitable.

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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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