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A uniquely British phenomenon, the 30 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. In recent years 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. These and other discoveries and reinterpretations are among the many features which make this book essential reading for all those who have been captivated by the potent symbolism of chalk hill-figures. 

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Paul Newman is a writer on topographical and archaeological subjects and the editor of the literary periodical Abraxas. Tim Darvill is the author of more than 12 books, including Stonehenge: The Biography of a Landscape.

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"... a wry survey of the extraordinary variety of response ... hiill-figures have evoked down the centuries." -- Richard Mabey, The Daily Telegraph

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