Crowagh : Court Tomb

CountySligo
Grid RefG 431 294
Longitude8° 52' 19.9" W
Latitude54° 12' 37.01" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDromore West (4.3 Km)
OS Sheet24
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 7th September 2003

It's so sad to see such an interesting site so overgrown. When we asked to see the tomb at the house the farmer just said, "There's something back there."

What is back there is the remains of a huge gallery and odd traces of court. The stones to the west and north-west are very confused.

The remaining chamber is 2m long and nearly 2m wide. The whole structure would have been hugely impressive, but in its current state (one of severe overgrown-ness) it's not a good site.

A compartment in a tomb in which burials were placed. In court tombs and wedge tombs a chamber is a sub-division of the burial gallery. Portal tombs have single chambers and passage tombs can have anything from one to five chambers, although usually passage tombs are considered to have a main chamber with extra subsidary chambers.

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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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