English Chalk Figures

Along with the more modern pastime of making crop circles, etching chalk figures into the side of hills seems to be a peculiarly English obsession. The Uffington White Horse is the confirmed oldest of the many chalk figures in England, dating all the way back to the Bronze Age.1 There are many different theories as to why the 110 metre-long horse looks so odd, with some people even claiming it’s actually supposed to be a dragon2. You can freely walk about on white horse hill (as I did last week), but the shape makes very little sense when…

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