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