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Cerne Abbas Giant

Hill Figure



Ah the thrill of fear as a child watching 'Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World'. This episode includes the Cerne Abbas Giant and some other English hill figures.

"The key to the giant's identity may lie in something missing from the drawing: what did he have in his left hand?"

The locals report it's supposed to be a head he's chopped off - or a dog on a string. But an archaeologist gets involved with some geophysics equipment and appears to discover it was a cape, thus suggesting the figure is Hercules. He even gets out a bucket of whitewash and paints on the outline. To be honest the resulting figure looks quite convincingly balanced. But who knows - sometimes you find what you're looking for, don't you.

(Most is in part 2 but it's worth seeing the end of part one not least for the strange local inhabitant).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
30th January 2009ce
Edited 15th January 2014ce

Comments (2)

I remember watching Arthur C Clarkes Mysterious World as an 11 or 12 year old circa 79/80. It probably set me on the path of wandering around the UK looking at Stone Circles. This is great stuff, thank you for sharing. Joolio Geordio Posted by Joolio Geordio
15th January 2014ce
"a dog on a string"?

I can see the daily fail headline now:
"Cerne Abbas Giant original crusty shocker!"
juamei Posted by juamei
15th January 2014ce
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