ST6601 : Cerne Abbas Giant - 1987

taken 34 years ago, near to Cerne Abbas, Dorset, Great Britain

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Cerne Abbas Giant - 1987
Cerne Abbas Giant - 1987
The Cerne Abbas giant aka the Rude Man or the Rude Giant, is a hill figure of a giant naked man on a hillside near the village of Cerne Abbas, to the north of Dorchester, in Dorset, England. The 55 m high, 51 m wide figure is carved into the side of a steep hill, and is best viewed from the opposite side of the valley or from the air. The carving is formed by a trench 30 cm wide, and about the same depth, which has been cut through grass and earth into the underlying chalk. In his right hand the giant holds a knobbled club 37 m in length. A 1996 study found that some features of the image have changed over time; notably, the study concluded that the figure originally held a cloak in its left arm and stood over a disembodied head. The figure's origin and age is unknown.
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ST6601, 430 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
April 1987   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 5 May, 2011
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Uplands  Grassland 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 6664 0167 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:48.8166N 2:28.4928W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 6620 0165
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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