Caherlehillan : Hut Circle

CountyKerry
Grid RefV 576 840
GPSV 57579 83950 (3m)
Longitude10° 4' 24.87" W
Latitude51° 59' 22.03" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCahershiveen (11.5 Km)
OS Sheet83
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 10th August 2009

This site is in the centre of a field on an east facing slope. The remains are more visible than many hut circles that you visit, because these are the remains of a corbelled structure. The walls still reach a height of 1m in places.

The entrance faces down the slope, presumably to stop rain water running down the hill from streaming in through the doorway and to catch the early morning sun.

This is a quiet valley now, but it must have once been quite lively - there is a ruined cashel nearby and several more hut sites like this one. On the ridge above this site there are two wedge tombs .

One of the most fascinating types of remains left to us by our neolithic ancestors. Enigmatic carvings on rocks, either loose boulders or earth-fast rocks. Designs vary enormously from simple cup marks to amazing spirals, zig-zags, checker-board and lozenge patterns.

No one knows what these symbols once stood for, but many theories exist including star charts, calendars and maps. Many passage tombs are adorned with rock art, both inside the chamber and on the kerb.

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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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