Carbad Mor : Court Tomb

CountyMayo
Grid RefG 181 327
GPSG 18081 32661 (8m)
Longitude9° 15' 23.41" W
Latitude54° 14' 10.27" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKillala (3.5 Km)
OS Sheet24
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 16th March 2003

I don't really know why I never stopped at this site the last time I was in the area. Perhaps it was the fog that dampened the day so much.

Having now been here I must recommend it to anyone passing. It is slightly ruinous, but there are not many double court tombs with a full court at both ends, so this must be worth the effort, right?

The tomb is aligned north-south, with the better court at the south. The north court is actually cut through by the farm track up which you walk to the tomb. There are three stones set on the north side of the track and a few court stones and one gallery off the south side of the track. Both galleries are trashed and overgrown and appear to be almost back to back - both have very fine entrance jambs. The south court is nearly complete with a few stones of its western arc missing. Running across the south are several stones which may have been from the facade or kerb.

Sadly there is no indication of where any entrances to the courts would have been.

In wedge tombs and court tombs the burial compartment is known as a gallery and collectively wedge and court tombs are called classified as 'gallery graves'. This is because the inner area is long and narrow, i.e. bascially rectangular, in plan.

In court tombs the gallery is usually divided into two or more chambers by jambs. Wedge tombs are segmented by sill stones, as are a few court tombs.

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Monday, 25th October 2004

I wonder how long it will be before this one disappears totally beneath the brambles? I was half hoping that I would be able to see a little more of the site, but it hasn't been cleared for a long time now. This is a shame, because it's a great monument.

I was expecting to see that it pointed straight at Nephin slightly west of south, but it does have a north-south alignment. Nephin cannot be ignored here though. It dominates the southern skyline.

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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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