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Lost Gods of Albion: The Chalk Hill Figures of Britain

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  15 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
A uniquely British phenomenon, the 30or so figures cut into the turf of southern England have excited antiquarians, archaeologists, and the general public for generations. However, their origins are enigmatic. Paul Newman shows how hill-figures reveal Britain’s darkest past: Druid massacres, conjectured human sacrifice, and strange phallic and pagan rites that in milder fo ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by The History Press (first published April 1st 1998)
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Mar 15, 2008 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting look at the most famous and mysterious of the British chalk hill figures, including the exceptionally virile Cerne Giant and the stylishly strange Uffinton Horse. Newman gives an evenhanded overview of the prevailing theories regarding their origins in scholarly yet accessible language. The book could have benefitted greatly from more illustrations; in particular, some nice, full-color aerial photographs would have improved the book immensely. Still, this is a very interesting ...more
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Jun 02, 2010 Mark Singer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in English folklore and history
Shelves: mythology
"The Lost Gods of Albion" is a comprehensive look at the chalk hill figures of Britain, the most famous of which are the Uffington Horse, the Long Man of Wilmington and the Cerne Giant. The author explains what is know about each of these images, and how some have been changed or even obliterated over the centuries. Some of these figures have been proven to be over 2000 years old.

I've always been fascinated by this topic and bought the book at my first Pennsic in 2001.
Derek Baldwin
Jul 28, 2011 Derek Baldwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and well-researched study of English chalk hill figures, which by and large exposes the myth that these are ancient and sacred in any truly meaningful way. Except for the ones that are. (ie Uffington... probably)
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