Ballymunterhiggin : Court Tomb

CountyDonegal
Grid RefG 879 592
Longitude8° 11' 12.11" W
Latitude54° 28' 51.72" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallyshannon (2.2 Km)
OS Sheet16
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 6th April 2002

This amazing monument is really difficult to appreciate because it is scandalously unprotected from marauding cows in search of food, which have trampled the ground into a mud pit, thus making the brown, moss covered stones blend in too much.

It is actually a center court tomb, the west chamber of which is the most intact with one roof slab still (just) in place, while the poorer east chamber has several wall chambers missing and one fallen roof slab.

Most of the kerb of this 35m long cairn is still present and it is possible to make out the south entrance alleyway and the outline of the two northern subsidary chambers.

With a thorough clean up and some protection this could be a wonderful monument to rival many others.

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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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