Prehistory: Uffington White Horse

Uffington White Horse
…. perhaps the oldest hill figure in Britain

UWHmThe area was revered as a sacred place, maintained by centuries of scouring* and has a pagan mysteriousness.

Originally considered Saxon and then Iron Age, recent field work involving `Optical Dating’, that establishes when material was last exposed to sunlight, now points to the late Bronze Age (1000 – 800 BC).

More recent work in archaeoastronomy suggests it may even be Neolithic (4500 – 2200 BC) but this, at present, seems to be at odds with the field work.

See OXBB web site for additional information.

* This age-old ceremony was re-enacted on June 24th 2000

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Dragon Hill, as seen from the White Horse; said to be the site where St. George slew the dragon

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