Drummin : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefO 156 001
GPSO 15599 00121 (5m)
Longitude6° 16' 34.91" W
Latitude53° 2' 21.44" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLaragh (3.7 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Friday, 26th January 2007

This wonderful and huge stone disappeared off the radar for 60 years. Liam Price recorded it in his diaries, but it failed to make it into the Wicklow Archaeological Inventory (like so much other stuff, including some rock art 60m from this stone!)

This is a big boulder, over 2m long and 1.5m wide and standing over 1m clear of the ground ... pretty hard to miss really. There are three large bullauns, two of which are over 30cms in diameter. The third is slighlty smaller. The smaller bullaun and one of the large ones are situated on the eastern edge of the boulder. The other is placed centrally at the southern end of the stone.

After re-reading Price's notes I think this stone may have been moved quite some distance, which is why I couldn't locate the two other stones said to be just yards from this one.

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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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