a highly stylised prehistoric hill figure, 110 m long (374 feet), formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. The figure is situated on the upper slopes of White Horse Hill in the English civil parish of Uffington.
Tonight we feel the muffled peal
Hang on the village like a pall;
It overwhelms the towering elms -
That death-reminding dying fall;
The very sky no longer high
Comes down within the reach of all.
Imprisoned in a cage of sound
Even the trivial seems profound.
Sections of the ‘White Horse’ at Uffington. Pictured is the head and front legs. The work is the likely product of an Iron Age culture. It is a highly stylised work measuring over 374 feet formed from trenches filled with chalk. Coinage similar to the horse design have been found. The best views of the beast are from an aerial vantage. :( 20.2.16.
El Caballo Blanco de Uffington es una figura de colina recortada en el césped de una ladera próxima al pueblo de Uffington, en el Condado de Oxfordshire. Se halla en unas colinas ricas en creta, las White Horse Hills, pertenecientes al distrito de Vale of White Horse cuya ciudad más importante es Abingdon.
El Caballo Blanco tiene aproximadamente 3000 años de antigüedad. Data, por tanto, de la Edad del Bronce. Así lo indican los resultados obtenidos a través de la datación óptica (método que permite averiguar durante cuánto tiempo un mineral ha estado expuesto a la luz del día). Es la figura de colina más antigua de Inglaterra. Se han encontrado monedas de la Edad del Hierro que exhiben representaciones del Caballo Blanco.
The Uffington White Horse is a highly stylised prehistoric hill figure, formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. The figure is situated on the upper slopes of White Horse Hill in the English civil Parish of Uffington (in the county of Oxfordshire, historically Berkshire), some 8 km south of the town of Abingdon. The hill forms a part of the scarp of the Berkshire Downs and overlooks the Vale of the White Horse to the north.
The figure has been shown to date back some 3,000 years, to the Bronze Age, by means of optically simulated luminiscence dating carried out following archaeological investigations in 1994. These studies produced three dates ranging between 1400 and 600 BC. Iron Age coins that bear a representation comparable to the Uffington White Horse have been found, supporting the early dating of this artifact.