Knockcurraghbola Commons : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefR 951 609
Longitude8° 4' 20.96" W
Latitude52° 41' 57.42" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBorrisoleigh (9.9 Km)
OS Sheet59
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th November 2002

I knew this tomb lay on a rise, because I had seen a skylined photo of it on Anthony Weir's web site, but I wasn't really prepared for the dramatic experience of actually seeing it like that. The approach to this has to be one of the best approaches, for that image is exactly as you first see it as you climb up to it.

The tomb is actually quite incomplete, but it is still great. The gallery is aligned NE/SW with the front at the Sw, where indications of a portico can be seen in front of the door slab. Two roof slabs remain in place as does a fair amount of the double walling, which is very close to the slabs forming the gallery. Unfortunately as you get to the back things start to get bad. One side of the gallery is almost complete, but the southern side has been robbed back to the roof slabs, which are held 1.2m above the ground.

From it's position I cannot see how this could have ever had a cairn, because the ground drops off too steeply along the sides. Saying that, with a position like this it may not have had one. It certainly doesn't need one to be impressive.

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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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