ST6601 : The Cerne Giant

taken 4 years ago, near to Cerne Abbas, Dorset, Great Britain

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The Cerne Giant
The Cerne Giant
The Cerne Giant is located just outside the small village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset. It is perhaps the most famous and controversial hill figure in the country. The Giant is nearly 60 metres high and 50 metres wide. Made by a turf-cut outline filled with chalk, it depicts a large naked man with an erection and is typically described as a giant wielding a club. The figure is listed as a scheduled monument (List entry Number: 1002725 LinkExternal link Historic England) and the site where he stands is owned by the National Trust LinkExternal link .

The origin and age of the Giant is unknown. Some believe that he is more than 1500 years old and is a Celtic representation the Roman god, Hercules. Archaeological evidence that parts of the drawing have been lost over time give some strength to this theory although there is no reference to the Giant in any historic documents prior to 1694. This lack of earlier descriptions leads modern scholars to conclude that it probably dates from the 17th century, and perhaps originated as political satire, maybe a caricature of Oliver Cromwell.

Regardless of its age, the Cerne Abbas Giant has become an important part of local culture and folklore, which often associates it with fertility. It is one of England's best known hill figures and is a visitor attraction in the region.
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Date Taken
Monday, 19 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 24 June, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Grassland 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 666 016 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:48.8167N 2:28.4843W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 662 016
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Hill  Hill Figure  Giant  Cerne Giant  Scheduled Ancient Monument  Historic England  National Trust 

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