'Carrowmore Tomb 36' : Passage Tomb

Grid RefG 665 330
Longitude8° 30' 50.15" W
Latitude54° 14' 40.87" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBallysadare (4 Km)
OS Sheet25
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Carrowmore - Passage Tomb Cemetery
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th October 2004

I've never seen this one mentioned before and I'm not 100% sure if it is no. 35, 36 or neither, but I passed it on the way to Carrowmore Tomb 37 (County Sligo).

This is a 15m diameter kerb circle with a single orthostat in the middle. If the remaining orthostat is the side of the old chamber of passage then, unlike so many other of the Carrowmore tombs, this one was aligned on Knocknarea (County Sligo).

Much of it is being engulfed by gorse, but it is still quite easy to make out at the moment.

A kerb is a ring of stones placed around the perimeter of a burial mound or cairn. It basically serves the purpose of a retaining wall to keep the cairn or earth in place. Kerbs are usually associated with passage tombs, but do occur on court tombs and wedge tombs too.

Sometimes on passage tombs the stones can bear decoration, such as at Newgrange (County Meath).

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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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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