Mountdrum : Stone Circle

CountyFermanagh
Grid RefH 308 432
GPSH 30796 43189 (5m)
Longitude7° 31' 35.41" W
Latitude54° 20' 11.03" 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

I think this is the largest of the circles here. It's certainly close to being the largest, but it is difficult to be sure.

This is a 7m diameter ring of low stones, protruding just 20-30cm above the peat. You can make out at least one tangential stone row that runs in a southerly direction. This, also, only just pokes out above the peat.

These circles are very similar to those at Beaghmore (County Tyrone) and excavations would clear them up beautifully and make them so much easier to understand. I hope the money comes forward to do this at some point, as I'm sure there's more in the vicinity.

Alignments or stone rows are groups of standing stones set in straight line. They can occur in any size group from two (usually refered to as a stone pair - see Boherboy (County Dublin)) to ten or more, although anything over four is exceptional (see Castlelanaght (County Cork)).

The function of these is a bit of a mystery, although many do seem to have significant astrological or geographical properties.

The stones making stone pairs often appear to be totally different in shape from each other, often hinting at a male and female partnership.

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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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