'New Baun' : Portal Tomb

TownlandNewbawn
CountyWexford
Grid RefS 830 215
GPSS 82990 21509 (3m)
Longitude6° 46' 56.09" W
Latitude52° 20' 20.43" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownTaghmon (9.2 Km)
OS Sheet76
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 9th December 2001

I think someone was being optimistic in describing this as a tomb. The sad pile of rocks has been used to pile cattle fodder against and there was a steaming dung heap right next to it when I visited.

Its original form is impossible to tell.

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Sunday, 24th February 2008

It's been a long time since I saw this site from the gate and decided it wasn't worth the effort of walking to it. However, I'm a little more interested in portal tombs these days and, as the gate was open and the field empty, I went to take a proper look.

It is very ruined. The orthostats have collapsed, but all the stones seem to be there. It is rather difficult to tell, because the remains are very overgrown. The capstone appears to be quite large and the one visible portal stone would have stood about 2m high, making this quite an impressive monument in its day.

The site is now fenced off from the field which looks as if it is being turned over to crop rather than livestock.

The large rock used to form the roof of a portal tomb or kist.

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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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