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Martin Brennan 2007
Martin Brennan 2007
Newgrange Ancient Observatory

A Theory that the ancient edifice at Newgrange, Co. Meath, was built as an astronomical observatory, and not as a burial ground, through it was later used as such, was advanced in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, last night by Mr Martin Brennan, an Irish ­ American, who has been studying the site for some time. In a lecture entitled "Decoding Newgrange" delivered to the Mullingar Archaeological and Historical Society, Mr Brennan said that a scientific visual design analysis of Boyne Valley rock inscriptions showed that intensive sundialling had been practiced there.

"The sundialling techniques are scientific, in nature, and highly advanced. Dials have been recognised which give data on how they divided the day. These are the oldest sundials in the world, pre ­ dating any previously known dials by thousands of years." Mr Brennan, who has been working as a graphics designer in Dublin for the past 10 years, said that this type of dialling led to dialling on a large scale.

"Newgrange, as a scientific instrument, he said, recorded, not only the solar year, but an even larger cycle of time, which was astronomically based. The appearance of the rays of the full moon every 19 years at Newgrange measures this cycle period. Asked of he could put a date on the sundials, he said they dated back to at least 3,200 BC "a neat 2,000 years older" than the Egyptian sundials, dated 1,200 BC. Mr Brennan said the inscriptions included a calendar, which was fully worked out, and solved all the basic problems of calendar making. " The calendar is extremely sophisticated and advanced as both an astronomical tool and a visual computer. It is the oldest computing device known to man."

Fully understood

The inscriptions, he claimed formed a system of intercommunication which was ordered logical and meaningful, and which could now be fully understood. There was a canon of measurements there in use, which were clearly and explicitly stated, and geometrically related, he added.

Times 8 Feb.


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