Mountdrum : Court Tomb

CountyFermanagh
Grid RefH 307 431
GPSH 30745 43127 (7m)
Longitude7° 31' 38.25" W
Latitude54° 20' 9.04" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownEnniskillen (6.8 Km)
OS Sheet18
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Monday, 9th April 2007

There really is very little of this monument left. All that remains are a couple of court stones and a small section of the gallery . The axis of the monument is roughly east-west with the court at the west end. The section of gallery is rather narrow and about 2m long.

Under the thin layer of peat around the tomb there are a lot of small stones that could be the remains of the cairn .

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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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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