Laughanstown : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefO 234 229
Longitude6° 9' 4.84" W
Latitude53° 14' 31.72" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBray (4.9 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 9th February 2002

This wedge tomb is still currently covered by it's mound with just a few little pieces of stone poking through. Because of much development in the area the archaeologists are currently excavating the land all around leaving it perforated with rectangular pits.

The mound is about 1.3m high, 8m long and perhaps 4m wide with an east-west orientation.

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Sunday, 12th March 2006

I worry about the future of this site. The M50 spur to Cherrywood is just 30m from it and the land around it seems to be being prepared for building yet another industrial estate or business park.

Worse still is the current state of the monument. Presumably to 'protect' it during the building work that is about to surround it a small wire fence has been erected very close to the tomb itself. Around this a large number of red and white metal barrels have been placed in another protective ring. Around this (as if this wasn't protection enough) there is a wooden fence. The ground within the wooden fence looks terrible and to one side of the tomb there is a water-filled hole.

I worry about the future of this site.

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Marked Sites


From Kiltiernan take the road opposite the Golden Ball to Carrickmines until you reach a crossroads. Turn right and take the first right after the sharp bend signed Tully Church And Cross. Follow this road and continue passed the cross and church. The road takes a sharp right shortly after. Park here and continue in a straight line from the road (before the bend) across the field for 325m.

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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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