Garvagh : Court Tomb

CountyCavan
Grid RefH 077 330
Longitude7° 52' 54.73" W
Latitude54° 14' 44.6" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownSwanlinbar (12.9 Km)
OS Sheet26
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 17th March 2007

The archaeological inventory for Cavan makes this site sound really interesting with chambers all over the place and remnants of a cairn . However, the site is so overgrown that it's almost impossible to see anything. All I could see the rear section of the gallery which does have an odd polygonal shape.

More interestingly to the fore of the monument the field has several large earthfast boulder, similar to the one near to Mullaghboy (County Cavan), just down the road.

A low stone used to de-lineate the divisions of a gallery. Sill stones fill the width of the space, but do not reach the roof.

A cairn is a large pile of stones, quite often (but not always) containing a burial. Sometimes they have a kerb around the base.

Most cairns are hemi-spherical (like half a football), but the piles of stones used to cover wedge tombs, court tombs and portal tombs are also called cairns. When associated with these types of monument they are not always round, but sometimes rectangular or trapezoidal.

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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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