Uffington White Horse

In a real world, the stunning White Horse of Uffington stretches out below the ruins of Uffington Castle in Oxfordshire, England, with its length of 123 metres.

Carved into the side of a chalk hill, its graceful white curves are reminiscent of Celtic art’s characteristic way of articulating motion through the use of clean, fluid lines.

It is said that this abstract silhouette of a horse was rid of grassy growth every seven years on the occasion of the summer solstice. Visible only from above, the superb animal constitutes one of the oldest and most important geoglyphs known. An analysis conducted by scientists of the Oxford Archaeological Unit puts the Horse’s creation at about 1,000 B.C. Its resemblance to a figure borne on antique coinage suggests it was indeed the work of Celts.

Although local tradition interprets the image rather as that of a dragon, the more plausible explanation is that the etching was dedicated to the deity Epona, the goddess of horses in Gallo-Celtic mythology.

uffington white horse

Visible only from above, the superb animal constitutes one of the oldest and most important geoglyphs known in the world. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com

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