Lost Gods Of Albion: The Chalk Hill Figures Of Britain

Lost Gods Of Albion The Chalk Hill Figures Of Britain As a uniquely British phenomenon the thirty or so figures cut into the turf of southern England have excited antiquarians archaeologists and the general public for generations However their origins

  • Title: Lost Gods Of Albion: The Chalk Hill Figures Of Britain
  • Author: PaulNewman
  • ISBN: 9780905778471
  • Page: 370
  • Format: None
  • As a uniquely British phenomenon, the thirty or so figures cut into the turf of southern England have excited antiquarians, archaeologists and the general public for generations However, their origins are enigmatic Paul Newman shows how hill figures reveal Britain s darkest past Druid massacres, conjectured human sacrifice and strange phallic and pagan rites that in milAs a uniquely British phenomenon, the thirty or so figures cut into the turf of southern England have excited antiquarians, archaeologists and the general public for generations However, their origins are enigmatic Paul Newman shows how hill figures reveal Britain s darkest past Druid massacres, conjectured human sacrifice and strange phallic and pagan rites that in milder form survive even today This scholarly and comprehensive account of all the recorded hill figures in England offers not only description but also analysis, discussion and interpretation In the ten years that have passed since the first edition of this book, much has changed in the world of hill figure studies, most significantly perhaps the absolute dating by scientific means of early silts incorporated into the Uffington White Horse, which can now be seen to date from around 1000 BC.

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    1. A very interesting look at the most famous and mysterious of the British chalk hill figures, including the exceptionally virile Cerne Giant and the stylishly strange Uffinton Horse. Newman gives an evenhanded overview of the prevailing theories regarding their origins in scholarly yet accessible language. The book could have benefitted greatly from more illustrations; in particular, some nice, full-color aerial photographs would have improved the book immensely. Still, this is a very interesting [...]

    2. "The Lost Gods of Albion" is a comprehensive look at the chalk hill figures of Britain, the most famous of which are the Uffington Horse, the Long Man of Wilmington and the Cerne Giant. The author explains what is know about each of these images, and how some have been changed or even obliterated over the centuries. Some of these figures have been proven to be over 2000 years old. I've always been fascinated by this topic and bought the book at my first Pennsic in 2001.

    3. Entertaining and well-researched study of English chalk hill figures, which by and large exposes the myth that these are ancient and sacred in any truly meaningful way. Except for the ones that are. (ie Uffington probably)

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