The giant from Cerne Ebbas was created by the ancient Saxons over 1,000 years ago

The geoglyph “The Giant of Cerne-Abbas” in England was considered prehistoric, Celtic, Roman, and even a parody of Oliver Cromwell, who lived in the 17th century. After several decades of bitter controversy, scientists have dated the famous geoglyph.

“The Giant of Serne Ebbas”, colloquially “Rough Man,” is a geoglyph on a hillside near the village of Serne Ebbas north of Dorchester in Dorset, England. The drawing is a huge, gigantic image of a person. A naked man holds a weighty club in his right hand. The whole drawing as a whole stretches 55 m from crown to heels.

This symbolic image was painted on a steep hillside near the village of Cerne Ebbas using a fairly primitive technology. The turf was simply cut down to the very limestone rock, digging grooves about 30 cm deep. Scientists have long argued about when exactly this happened. One thing was known – the geoglyph appeared definitely not earlier than the 18th century, when the giant was first mentioned in the annals. Local folklore has long believed that the chalk geoglyph contributed to fertility, and the earliest mention of the giant dates back to 1694.

Recently, archaeologists have examined the layers of the earth beneath the earliest layers of chalk, which outline the outline of the giant. Scientists examined soil samples for over 12 months. The study involved examining samples that show when individual grains of sand in sediments of different depths were last exposed to sunlight. Material from the deepest layer suggests a date range from 700 to 1100 AD.

In this regard, historians have suggested that the geoglyph may represent an early Anglo-Saxon god.

The Anglo-Saxon period lasted 600 years, from 410 to 1066, until the Middle Ages.

Scientists have also suggested that the giant may have been created in the late Saxon period, but then, for some unknown reason, was abandoned for several hundred years, and then restored. This explains why he does not appear in the Tudor records, the scholars explain.

Let us remind you that a geoglyph is a geometric or figured pattern applied to the ground, usually over 4 meters long. Many geoglyphs are so large that they can only be viewed from the air.

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Alexandr Ivanov earned his Licentiate Engineer in Systems and Computer Engineering from the Free International University of Moldova. Since 2013, Alexandr has been working as a freelance web programmer.
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