Ballyhickey : Wedge Tomb

CountyClare
Grid RefR 424 762
Longitude8° 51' 17.12" W
Latitude52° 50' 1.42" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTulla (7.4 Km)
OS Sheet58
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 21st September 2008

This lovely little tomb is located in a paddock next to a well-maintained farmyard. There was noone in when I called, possibly at the GAA match at the neighbouring ground, and there was a horse with a foal in the field. I wasn't going to risk mixing it with a protective mare, so I had to settle for seeing the monument from the yard.

It appears to be very complete with all its orthostats and roofstones in place. The stones are rough and could be pudding stone, but it's hard to tell from so far away.

This is a great thing to have right next to your house and it is also amazing that it is in such good condition. Usually these sites get trashed. This is another site to be revisited and hope to find someone in and no dogs in the yard.

A barrow is essentially a mound of earth over one or more burials. They are more usually to be dated to the Bronze Age. There are many forms of barrow including ring, bowl, long and bell barrows.

Ring barrows are formed by digging a circular trench or fosse around a central burial, with no mound.

Bowl barrows are formed by heaping up soil over the burial(s) from a surrounding fosse, these often have an external bank too (see Ballyremon Commons (County Wicklow)).

Bell barows are simply round mounds with no fosse or external bank.

Long barrows are rare in Ireland and are more common in southwest England. Their shape is basically ovoid rather than round (see Ballynoe (County Down))

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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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