'Cairn D' : Cairn

TownlandLoughcrew
CountyMeath
Grid RefN 571 773
GPSN 57061 77310 (3m)
Longitude7° 8' 6.31" W
Latitude53° 44' 32.2" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownOldcastle (3.5 Km)
OS Sheet42
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Loughcrew - Newtown - Loughcrew (Carnbane West) - Passage Tomb Cemetery
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Visit Notes

Monday, 27th October 2008

Of all the monuments on top of Carnbane West this is the largest. It does not contain a passage tomb and past attempts to locate an inner chamber have left their scars on this massive cairn .

Around the north side of the monument there are some massive kerb stones visible, but slippage and spoil from the incursions have covered most of those on the other sides.

The scale of this cairn makes you wonder how large Cairn L was originally, becuase L has a large amount of space between teh current cairn material and its kerb. The size of Cairn D makes it one of my favourite monuments on this hilltop, especially when the sun shines on it.

A cairn is a large pile of stones, quite often (but not always) containing a burial. Sometimes they have a kerb around the base.

Most cairns are hemi-spherical (like half a football), but the piles of stones used to cover wedge tombs, court tombs and portal tombs are also called cairns. When associated with these types of monument they are not always round, but sometimes rectangular or trapezoidal.

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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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