Fanygalvan : Boulder Burial

CountyClare
Grid RefR 254 967
GPSR 25383 96652 (3m)
Longitude9° 6' 42.96" W
Latitude53° 0' 55.46" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKilfenora (7.5 Km)
OS Sheet51
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Wednesday, 17th March 2010

I'm not sure about this site, but it's certainly very unusual. We were looking for something Marianne had seen on a previous visit when I noticed this oddity. Tucked up against a 3m high cliff there is a sub-rectangular dry stone wall enclosure about 6m x 4m. At one side there are two large, rounded boulders that seem to form an entrance. Just outside the opposite wall there is a rounded boulder on a raised section of limestone pavement. In the centre of the enclosure there is a large boulder that appears to have a small cavity beneath it.

What is this all about? Why build a wall around this boulder? It must be something, but what?

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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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