Ballyutoag : Court Tomb

CountyAntrim
Grid RefJ 290 794
GPSJ 29013 79382 (4m)
Longitude6° 0' 4.37" W
Latitude54° 38' 45.62" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBelfast (7.1 Km)
OS Sheet15
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 27th January 2008

It is unusual to find a court tomb where the gallery is missing, but the court is still there. This is the case here, though. There are one or two stones behind the court that are probably from the gallery, but they aren't guaranteed be in the right place.

The court is in very good condition. It is nearly semi-circular, 5m wide and 3m deep. There are two well matched entranced jambs that sadly lead nowhere now due to the lack of a gallery. An old drystone wall runs up the hill and across the front of the gallery. Depending on the age its age, this wall may cover some façade stones.

The site is on a southeast-facing slope. The axis of the monument runs north-south with the court at the north.

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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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