Lickbla : Wedge Tomb

CountyWestmeath
Grid RefN 453 750
Longitude7° 18' 49.24" W
Latitude53° 43' 21.64" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCastlepollard (4.8 Km)
OS Sheet41
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th June 2002

At last! Back to the megalithic! The days majority of ecclesiastical sites was rubbing a little thin with the decline of the standard of the crosses we were finding and so it was very good to get back to something else.

This wedge retains its cairn to the height of the tops of the wall slabs, but the chamber is filled in. This gives a first impression that it has collapsed, but closer inspection reveals the truth.

The very impressive roof slabs have been slipped to one side adding to the collapsed appearance. These capstone are amazing, consisting of some amazingly constituted sedimentary rock.

Once again, early man's ability to pick a location hits you here. The most prominent landscape feature is the Rock of Curry to the north west.

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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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