Martin Brennan was warmly received on his return to Ireland for the Boyne Valley Revision conference which was held in his honour at the Newgrange Lodge. Brennan was the keynote speaker at a wonderful event which also featured Dr. EC Krupp of Griffith Observatory.
|Martin Brennan giving his talk at the Boyne Valley Revision conference.
In his address, Martin Brennan revealed fascinating insights into his next book, 'Days of Power', due to be published in 2010. Brennan currently lives in Mexico, where he is studying 10,000 rock engravings. A very enthusiastic audience heard him compare some of the rock carvings with those at Knowth in the Boyne Valley.
Brennan also poured scorn on the 2012 doomsday scenario, saying there was nothing in the Maya glyphs about the end of the world. Instead, he saw December 21st 2012, the day the Mayan long count calendar ends, as a positive time for mankind.
Toby Hall, a member of Brennan's original research team, called for an end to the use of the phrase "passage-tomb" to describe Newgrange and its sister sites. Jack Roberts, another research colleague, gave a fascinating talk on the astronomical landscape of West Cork. The conference also heard a very entertaining lecture from Sig Lonegren on earth energies.
Chris Bruno revealed for the first time a computer-generated animation of the so-called Calendar Stone at Knowth, so named by Martin Brennan. This animation revealed how the stone may have been used to calculate the 19-year Metonic Cycle of the Moon. There was some commentary on this proposed function of the stone by Dr. EC Krupp, Director of Griffith Observatory in California. Mr. Bruno also included in his presentation a humorous demolition of the passage-tomb theory. See YouTube video on right.
The highlight of the day was Martin Brennan, who presented his fascinating data on the Mexico engravings and his insights into the Mayan calendar.
Following the conference, Brennan attended Newgrange for the Winter Solstice sunrise. Although the sun did not shine, there was a good attendance and Brennan drew much interest from the gathered media and public.
After visiting Newgrange, Martin was shown the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre for the first time. It did not exist when he was last here in 1982. Centre manager, Clare Tuffy, asked Martin to sign her first edition hardback copy of the Boyne Valley Vision, which he was happy to do. While visiting the centre, Brennan also met Professor George Eogan, the archaeologist who excavated Knowth. Afterwards, Brennan described his meeting with Prof. Eogan as "warm and genuine". It was a very historic weekend, and although Martin has left the Boyne Valley, he will be staying in Ireland for a further week before returning to Mexico to complete his next book. He has promised to return to Ireland in 2010.
See a photo gallery from the event