'Kilbeg 2' : Bullaun Stone

Grid RefO 022 102
Longitude6° 28' 22.31" W
Latitude53° 7' 57.21" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBlessington (5.8 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Kilbeg - Bullaun Stone
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 2nd February 2003

The OS map just states that there is a bullaun stone here, but upon reading the Wicklow Archaeological Inventory I learned of a second, single bullaun nearby. Naturally, I went to have a look. I scoured the field, which is littered with stones, many of which are overgrown with grass and I was just beginning to think that this one had been lost when I found it. It's no wonder I didn't see it on my previous visit - The top of the stone is fluch with the field and I think it may well be lost to sight within a couple of years.

It is situated about 7m up the field from the multiple bullaun stone and around 3m from the fence by the road. The bullaun is quite shallow, but about 25cm across. With this stone disappearing I wonder how many others lie beneath the turf here.

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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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