Killy Beg : Standing Stone

CountyFermanagh
Grid RefG 980 543
GPSG 97978 54270 (7m)
Longitude8° 1' 52.19" W
Latitude54° 26' 12.77" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGarrison (4.2 Km)
OS Sheet17
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Killy Beg - Wedge Tomb
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 3rd October 2004

The two stones found here would appear to be the remains of a large tomb, probably the largest in this complex. They look like two halves of a split boulder and are set with the flat faces towards one another. If these inner faces did form the sides of a tomb it would have been aligned to the northwest like the other two wedge tombs nearby.

One of the most fascinating types of remains left to us by our neolithic ancestors. Enigmatic carvings on rocks, either loose boulders or earth-fast rocks. Designs vary enormously from simple cup marks to amazing spirals, zig-zags, checker-board and lozenge patterns.

No one knows what these symbols once stood for, but many theories exist including star charts, calendars and maps. Many passage tombs are adorned with rock art, both inside the chamber and on the kerb.

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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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