Martin Brennan 2007
Stone Age find claimed
By Ken Ryan
An astonishing archaeological find at the world famous Newgrange, Dowth, Co. Meath site was claimed last night.
A New York researcher claims to have discovered a Stone Age sun dial there. But the archaeological profession will not accept the find until he sets down proof.
Mr. Martin Brennan and his Englishborn coresearcher, Mr. Jack Roberts claim their discovery "puts Stonehenge in the ha'penny place" and pre-dates all other scientific time measurements.
A leading archaeologist, Prof. Michael Herity for UCD, while agreeing that the find is "of world shattering significance, if true," said last night that Mr. Brennan's case had been "asserted but not proved."
Mr. Brennan says he can and will produce proof. The dial is a highly sophisticated affair, based on the once-a-year shining of the sun onto calibrated stones in a chamber.
A trained researcher in Neolithic engravings, Mr. Brennan claims to have cracked the code that the calendar markers of 5,000 years ago used in the chamber.
The New Yorker believes that the dial, allowed the Stone Age operators to measure time by the sunrise and sunset at the Summer and winter Solstices.
Today, December 21, is the winter Solstice and the sunbeams will reveal their secrets, he claims.
His photographer has captured each step in the seven-day cycle that produced an astronomically-aligned calendar in 3,500 B.C., "and still does today," he said.
"What I cannot understand," said Mr. Brennan, a 38-year-old graduate of a New York university," is that everybody missed the obvious and the dial has remained a mystery for some 3,000 years or more."
His partner Mr. Roberts, believes that the dial was the power-base of the ancient mystics or Druids, who controlled society with it. "They ritualised it and kept it to themselves and it died with the end of their era," he said.
The commonly-held belief among archaeologists is that the chamber was a burial chamber and that the engraving were symbols of some related to those buried there. But Mr. Brennan says bones found there are mainly of animals and relate to the period around 2000 B.C The dial predates this, he asserts.
Boyne Valley Private Day ToursPick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour: Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice, Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433 More ...