On behalf of Pete Schermerhorn:
=== 'i need to list directional passage graves in Orkney, Ireland and Wales, maybe some in South England depending on how much work i can get done! Was wondering if there was an easy/er way of locating said graves...hopefully there is. I also need to give the longitude and latitudes of all of them, as well as where they're orientated ===
If your friend has a good book collection, I have some suggestions for his Irish quest (I'm on a slow dial-up, so downloads are pretty much a non-starter for me - I rely mostly on hard-copy).
For the passage graves in Co. Meath, there is the Archaeological Inventory of County Meath, published by the OPW in 1987, ISBN 0 7076 0031 6. It gives some orientation information for the individual passage graves but, as this was one of the first of the AI books, it has much less detail than the more recent volumes. I'm afraid that's about all I have for Meath.
I'm much better prepared for Sligo. I have "A Guide to the Carrowkeel/Keshcorran Megalithic Complex", an FÁS project from 1996 by the Arrow Community Enterprises Ltd. Research Project, 1996. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have an ISBN. It is quite detailed regarding the passage graves - maps, plans, photos, etc.
But the two best books are the Archaeological Inventory of County Sligo - Vol. 1, South Sligo, published in 2005, ISBN 0-7557-1942-5 and especially Volume V, County Sligo, of the Survey of the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland, published in 1989, ISBN 0 7076 0080 4. Both of these publications are by The Stationery Office of the Irish government in Dublin.
The AI book includes great detail about Carrowkeel, but it's coverage of "South Sligo" stops just south of Carrowmore. The Survey of Megalithic Tombs volume has large pull-out drawings and maps of the individual tombs, along with comprehensive descriptions. And, conveniently, this volume also includes a list of "all" of the 1448 megalithic tombs in Ireland, divided by category, county and townland, the position on the relevant six-inch map, the exact location on the Irish National Grid (none of these sources use lat./long. bearings), and the source references. There are 144 B&W photos of many of the megalithic tombs in Sligo at the back of the book. Both of these latter books are huge, and would be hard-pressed to fit into the "paperback"-class of printed matter.
The Survey volume lists 229 passage-tombs in Ireland, in 21 of the 32 counties. I have all of the AI books which have been published for the Republic.....
but it's only about half of the counties. It should be an on-going project for the government, but it seems to be at a standstill while the archaeologists are busy working on the roads or involved in the Tara débácle. I'd be pleased to advise your Irish friend about the sites of passage-tombs in other counties. Have him drop me a line.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Pete Schermerhorn, in the glorious Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts
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Sent: 11 October 2007 20:34
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Subject: [BRITARCH] Passage graves help!
Posted on behalf of an Irish friend:
'i need to list directional passage graves in Orkney, Ireland and Wales,
maybe some in South England depending on how much work i can get done! Was
wondering if there was an easy/er way of locating said graves...hopefully
there is. I also need to give the longitude and latitudes of all of them, as
well as where they're orientated, bit of a mission but apparently there's
something i can download...any ideas of what this programme could be??'