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The White Horse of Uffington. Source: James / Adobe Stock.

The 3,000-Year-Old White Horse of Uffington Up Close (Video)

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The Uffington White Horse, a 3,000-year-old chalk figure carved into a hill in Oxfordshire, England, holds significant historical value. The artwork's origin remains a mystery, as it predates written history in the British Isles. The figure, which was hidden from view until the invention of aircraft, is regularly maintained by volunteers who re-chalk and scour it annually. This preservation effort is crucial, as neglect could lead to the gradual disappearance of the artwork within a few decades. The dedication of these volunteers highlights the enduring connection between present-day individuals and those who have worked throughout history to ensure the survival of this ancient masterpiece. Watch the process of re-chalking up close.

Top image: The White Horse of Uffington. Source: James / Adobe Stock.

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Joanna Gillan is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. 

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching... Read More

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