52 is as accomplished and complex as the Entrance
Stone, and may well have been carved by the same artist. The stone chosen to be engraved was divided in two by a broad
channel which runs down the centre. Kerbstone 52 has a distinctly bovine feel
to it, which makes sense in the context of the Newgrange mythology:
Boann, the goddess of the river Boyne is a cow deity. The artwork is quite alien and beautiful. On the right side of the stone, a complex essay on the number three
takes place, in a design that seems quite alien in the catalogue of
engraved symbols which would be equily at home in a Mesoamerican pyramid.
with the Entrance Stone, Kerbstone 52 divides the mound in two along an SE/NW
axis and faces the summer solstice sunset, an alignment also found at
Cairn G, Carrowkeel
and Shee Lugh on the ridge of Moytura.
At some stage before the great mound was added, you could have stood
here and looked over the stone, across the site of the chamber, and
down the passageway: in other words, during the 'setting out' and surveying
of Newgrange, the solstice alignment was marked on the two main stones.
They have always reminded me of plug sockets,
and this may make sense in the context of Leylines or energy lines. Michael
Poynder in his book, Pi in the Sky, talks about a large energy line
crossing Ireland from Knocknarea
to Newgrange, and believes that these three symbols represent the three
strands of the line.
I have seen people dowsing at Newgrange, and the pendulum fairly flies
around at this position, even for people who have never dowsed before.
Have a go yourself. We also found, while experementing at various points
around the kerb with a singing bowl, that the main carved stones greatly
increase the tone and volume from the bowl. It also attracts the many
bats that live around the cairn if played in the evenings.
The left side has a set of 14 lozanges on the lower portion, with a
set of spirals above. Poynder believes that the lozanges are a symbol
or unit of length, showing the distance to Queen Maeve's Cairn on the
Some researchers hope that a second undiscovered passage may remain
hidden behind K 52, though investigations by archaeologists late in 2011 failed to
find anything. However, given that the mound bulges somewhat at this
point, there may be an earlier, smaller mound here which was incorporated
into the great mound. This makes sense, as a building of this size would
have been developed in phases. There is some evidence that the huge
mounds of both Knowth and Dowth were built over smaller mounds, and that stones from both Newgrange and Knowth were recycled from older buildings.
Casts of Kerbstones 52 and 67. I'd love to know where they are now.