Dating whitehorse

The cist was discovered 10 years ago when its end stone fell out of the peat hag which had been concealing it.A temporary wall was erected in front of this area in an attempt to protect any archaeology which it was likely still to contain.As the lines of the horse consist of chalk-filled trenches dug in the hillside, it has been possible to apply OSL testing to the soil between the lower layers of that chalk.This revealed the Horse to be some 3000 years old; dating it back into the late Bronze Age.The best view by far is from a helicopter which makes it all the more astonishing that it was carved by hand so accurately thousands of years ago.Uffington Castle, just to the south of the white horse,was constructed around 700-800 BC and is a great example of an early Iron Age hill fort. The white patch on top of the hill, where no grass grows, is where the dragon's blood was purported to have been spilled.....The famous White Horse of Uffington is the oldest chalk-cut hill figure in Britain, dating back to more than 3,000 years ago.

The answers to these and many other questions are part of this unfolding and fascinating story which hopefully will tell us much more about the lives of prehistoric people on Dartmoor and the landscape they lived in.

The survival of the organic remains is also seen to be of international importance.

This individual, whose cremated remains were placed in a cist on this remote spot on Northern Dartmoor, over four thousand years ago, was apparently of some importance to the local community.

The White Horse of Uffington is one of the most impressive sites close to the ancient Ridgeway path.

Other sites include Dragon Hill, The Manger and Uffington Castle – all the subject of legend and folklore.

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