Archaeology makes a breakthrough as ‘astonished’ archaeologists discover the origins of the Cerne Abbas Giant.


Archaeology makes a breakthrough as ‘astonished’ archaeologists discover the origins of the Cerne Abbas Giant.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have been left “astonished” after achieving a breakthrough in calculating the age of the Cerne Abbas Giant.

For years, archaeologists and historians have been mystified by the Cerne Abbas Giant, a 180-foot-tall chalk figure etched into a Dorset hilltop, with many confounded as to why it was sculpted. It has become a famous landmark in the English countryside, and is often referred to as “Rude Man” because of its meticulous attention to detail, notably in the giant’s private quarters. However, fresh study has pinpointed when the geoglyph was first created, allowing historians to pinpoint the approximate time period.

It claims that Rude Man was sculpted in the late-Saxon period, which academics find surprising because no other chalk figures from that time period have been discovered.

“This is not what was expected,” said Mike Allen, a geoarchaeologist who has been working with the National Trust to learn more about Rude Man.

“Many archaeologists and historians believed he was ancient or post-medieval, not medieval.

“Everyone was wrong, which only adds to the excitement of these results.”

The National Trust’s Martin Papworth said last month that the results “astonished” him, adding that he thought the site was from the 17th century.

“He’s not prehistoric, he’s not Roman, he’s sort of Saxon, into the medieval period,” Mr Papworth told the Guardian.

Researchers used “high-tech sediment analysis” to obtain new information into Rude Man throughout the last 12 months of the project.

Rude Man was thought to be from the same era as other well-known geoglyphs, such as the Long Man of Wilmington in East Sussex, which dates back to the 16th century, according to sources.

“Archaeologists have wanted to pigeonhole chalk hill figures into the same period,” Mr Allen remarked.

“However, carving these sculptures was not a phase — they’re all individual figures with local meaning, each of which tells us something about that location and time.”

The Cerne Abbas Giant was created after trenches were dug slightly under a metre deep into the slope, then crushed chalk was piled on top.

According to local legend, having intercourse on top of a man’s privates will assist a couple in conceiving a child.

Surprisingly, the figure is not included in a survey. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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