What was the Real Purpose of Newgrange?

What was the Real Purpose of Newgrange?

By Kieran Comerford




Kieran Comerford B.E., M.B.A., qualified in electrical engineering and worked for a number of multinational companies, and then at the Institute for Industrial Research and Standards in Dublin, Ireland.  He experienced a profound change from the rigid scientific mode of thinking after he learned to meditate in 1979 and went on to learn a number of healing techniques. He is the author of “Newgrange and the New Science: Exploring the subtle energies of Ireland’s ancient Neolithic monument”, “The Christian’s Dilemma: A guide to the new spirituality”, and a number of technical books. He recently retired from lecturing at the National Institute of Technology Management in University College Dublin and gives talks on science and spirituality.

Newgrange, built in 3,200 BC with 200,000 tons of earth and stones.
What was its real purpose?

Newgrange is one of the 1,500 ancient sites in Ireland. It is a World Heritage Site and is popularly known because on the 21st December each year, at sunrise on the day of the winter solstice, the sun penetrates its 25 metre long passage and illuminates the inner cruciform chamber. Every year a lottery is held to choose a small number of people who are privileged to witness this phenomenon.

It is popularly stated that the purpose of Newgrange was to tell the time of the winter solstice but this can easily be done by sticking poles in the ground and tracking the shadow of the sun each day at sunrise until it begins to reverse direction. It seemed strange to me that Neolithic people would build a mound containing 200,000 tons of earth and stones to do something that could be done with a few poles. I had worked for a number of years in a research institute dealing with new ideas, inventions and patents so I was used to asking questions when something did not make complete sense.

It occurred to me that Newgrange must have had a more profound purpose that justified its existence for the other 364 days of the year and I spent eight years before I was satisfied that I had an explanation.

I found that the earliest settlements in Ireland had been in the north west of the country. As one moves across the country in a south-easterly direction one encounters a series of Neolithic sites. These are Carrowmore, Knocknarea, Carrowkeel, Loughcrew, Knowth and finally Newgrange in County Meath near the east coast. I had trained as an electrical engineer and later became a research and development manager. One day noticed that the design of the mounds became more sophisticated as one progressed from the earliest in County Sligo to the later ones such as Newgrange in County Meath.

I concluded that Newgrange represented the culmination of a massive R&D project.

I believe that this development programme started in Carrowmore, Sligo in 3550 B.C. This consisted of a large dolmen with a 30 tonne capstone covered in a large mound of loose stones. Perhaps it was considered that a larger mound would be more effective so Knocknarea was built with 70,000 tons of stones. From here the development may have moved to Carrowkeel with its mountain top site in visual contact with Knocknarea. Here we see a large number of smaller cairns and the first sign of solar alignment.

Comparison of features of the sites from Carrowmore to Newgrange

When the features of the various sites are laid out in tabular form above, some idea of the stages of development can be gained. It is clear that as one moves from Carrowmore to Newgrange, features such as solar alignment, layers of different kinds of materials and spiral designs on stones appear at various stages on this south-easterly journey. The sites appear to be almost contemporaneous but 100 years is a long time for a human but well within the margin of error of carbon dating. There appears to be a progression in time and there is certainly a progression in sophistication.

Newgrange is noted for the number of spiral designs carved on the kerbstones around the cairn. Inside the chamber is a famous triple spiral design which is illustrated below

The triple spiral design in the Newgrange chamber

The spiral is also recognised in physics as having fundamental properties. James Clerk Maxwell devised his vortex atom theory based on the demonstrations by Lord Kelvin of smoke rings, a toroidal form of the spiral. Victor Schauberger developed his implosion theories based on the concept of energy being forced to spin in a spiral formation where, because of the conservation of angular momentum it was forced to spin faster and faster until, as Schauberger said, it entered higher dimensions. Russian scientists have been studying these ideas for many years and have recognised the existence of torsion fields which accompany electromagnetic radiations of all frequencies. These fields based on spin can alter any biological substance and may be the basis of healing energy1.

The spiral has a mystical significance as well as a physical one. It represents the journey from the inner to the outer, from the diversity of the world to the experience of unity.  The chambers in many sites have been found to be conducive to meditation and shamanistic rituals and vision quests2.

It can be seen from the table above that the later sites of Knowth and its neighbour Newgrange contained layers of different materials. No archaeologist has been able to offer any credible explanation for these layers. In Newgrange, As can be seen below, there are alternate layers of loose stones and sods of earth.  This diagram is taken from Professor Michael O‘Kelly’s book on Newgrange which catalogues the excavation and restoration of Newgrange between 1962 and 19753.

Cross-section of layers of stones and sods of turf in Newgrange showing that it was an orgone accumulator

These layers consist of alternate strata of organic and inorganic material.  This alternation of organic and inorganic material corresponds to the discovery by Wilhelm Reich of orgone energy. Reich developed orgone accumulators using alternate layers of organic and inorganic material and claimed successes in healing with them. The scientist James DeMeo has built on Reich’s work and has demonstrated that an orgone accumulator maintained in controlled conditions without any energy input is seen to exhibit a rise in temperature during daytime hours4. This appears to correspond to an increase in torsion energy accompanying sunlight but which, as demonstrated by the Russian scientist Kosyrev, can penetrate any screening material5.

We can conclude therefore that Newgrange was the first orgone accumulator and was probably used as a concentrator of healing energy. Study of the neighbouring and slightly earlier site of Knowth suggests that with its seventeen satellite mounds it was used for testing various prototypes of construction. The subject is expanded and explained in depth in my book “Newgrange and the New Science: Exploring the subtle energies of Ireland’s ancient Neolithic monument”. More information is available from http://www.kcomerford.com/books/newgrange.html

© Kieran Comerford 2012

Subtitle:Exploring the subtle energies of Ireland’s ancient neolithic monument.

Kieran Comerford, engineer and research and development manager spent eight years investigating the purpose for which Newgrange was built. He concluded that this Neolithic World Heritage Site in County Meath, Ireland represented the culmination of a huge project which began in County Sligo and progressed south-eastwards through a series of developments. Each of these intermediate monuments became more sophisticated and Newgrange represented the perfection of an ancient technology which has been lost. Newgrange was not built just to tell the time of the winter solstice. It functioned throughout the year and the science and technology behind its main purpose is revealed in this book. Bringing together knowledge from a wide range of sources Kieran explains how we can understand and benefit from this “New Science”, but science itself, as we know it, must change to accommodate these old, and now rediscovered ideas.


  1. http://www.amasci.com/freenrg/tors/tors3.html
  2. Dronfield, Jeremy, 1996, “Entering Alternative Realities: Cognition, Art and Architecture in Irish Passage-Tombs” Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 6(1):37-72.
  3. Newgrange Archaeology, Art and Legend, Michael J O’Kelly, Thames & Hudson, London 1982, page 85.
  4. http://www.orgonelab.org/funding.htm
  5. http://www.amasci.com/freenrg/tors/tors3.html


  1. JP says

    These graves where build to maintain a constant temperature of 4°C day and night, which is the biological anomaly point. In this temperature zone biological bodies can rot in special way, so nature can recycle the resources, different to a normal grave nowadays, where bodies just decay in a way nature cant take back much of anything. Just think about predators, even house cats, who will always try to find such a spot when they are sick or hurt and know they are going to die.
    I suggest reading Victor Schaubergers books, everything very well explained there, allthought a hard read :)

    Good luck

  2. says

    Hi, for a radically new account of the original purpose of Newgrange check out a new book – BEFORE THE DELUSION by Wm Gleeson, just published in UK
    It looks like a cross between von Dannikan and Dan Brown but actually contains impressive research fully documented. Seems incredible but is strongly supported.
    An enthralling page-turner if nothing else. RossMelb

  3. says

    There has to have been some great purpose behind the creation of these sites. Science may be able to measure the weight and size of the stones yet there is still very little progress into understaing the measure of emotion, passion, desire and wisdom behind the creation of these extraordinary monuments so perfectely aligned to the heavens, Humbling isn’t it?

  4. Blanche McLanahan says

    I firmly believe Newgrange, as well as many other ancient sites, was used for healing of the human body. But unlike our methods which treat symptoms at the molecular level, these sites cured disease by effecting the cause. If the cause of molecular dysfunction and the absence of cellular homeostasis originates at the atomic level, then these sites used the magnetic field of earth and energy of the sun to impact the nuclear domain, shifting resonance in subatomic spaces for a molecular conformation that maintained cellular homeostasis.
    Your background in electrical engineering must offer you insight to question our current elucidation of the atom. Perhaps they knew the function of the neutron relative to the proton and how structurally they might impact the electrons. Their technology obviously utilized a different atom, a nuclear device that harnessed the nuclear potential as apposed to unleashing it.

    • says

      Thanks Blanche. As an electrical engineer I believe that the explanation is to be found in the nature of the torsion fields which accompany all electromagnetic radiations such as the energy received from the sun. My book explains a lot of the background to this. See also the article on torsion fields on this website.

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