'Leean Mountain' : Court Tomb

Grid RefG 805 384
GPSG 80527 38359 (3m)
Longitude8° 17' 56.73" W
Latitude54° 17' 36.81" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDromahair (7 Km)
OS Sheets16, 25, 26
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th October 2010

This is a very run-down monument, but it's wonderful to visit. It is located on a south-facing shelf overlooking a network of narrow valleys and surrounded by hut sites and other archaeological features.

The remains of the gallery can be seen at the east end of a trapezoidal cairn that is about 30m in length. At the west end there are the remains of subsidiary chambers. The gallery would have probably been about 10m in length, but it is very hard to tell. It is just possible, with a little imagination, to make out a probable court facing east.

To the west the axis of the cairn points at a flat shoulder between two mountain peaks. It would be interesting to be here at the equinox sunsets to see where the sun sets.

It was near to this cairn (about 100m away) that I found my first lithic - a small flint blade. I was so pleased!

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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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