| 8 September 2004
Possible white horse found in Cambridgeshire
Evidence has been found in Cambridgeshire. England, for a possible Bronze Age white horse similar to that at Uffington.
Aerial photos of a field at Whittlesford show what appears to be the stylised body, neck, head, hind legs and tail of a giant horse.
The discovery was made by Ashley Arbon and John Blake, who as part of the Whittlesford Society Archive Project are building up a photographic archive of the village.
Mr Arbon said: "It was quite a surprise. No one had even suspected something like that was there, but it is quite clearly visible from the air. At the moment, just what the shape is hasn't been established, and we're keeping an open mind about it. But it certainly looks like a horse, and one that may have been deliberately created. It's very exciting."
However, the fact that it is on a relatively flat field rather than on a hillside suggests it may just be a natural phenomenon. Dr Chris Taylor, vice-president of the Whittlesford Society and a retired archaeologist living in the village, said "I have to say I'm a bit sceptical myself. The horse hasn't shown up on earlier photographs, and it is quite possible it has something to do with the crop being grown in the field, sugar beet, which does not germinate evenly and can create peculiar patterns of blank soil."
"My main objection, however, is that man-made images like the Uffington horse, and the giant at Cerne Abbas, were created to be seen by people at ground level. In other words, they were deliberately made on hills or slopes. Although the shape at Whittlesford is on a slope, it would not be visible properly from the ground, and that makes me wonder about whether it is genuine or not."
There are around two dozen white horses in Britain, although most of them date no later than the 17th century CE, and only the Uffington horse is believed to be Bronze Age.
Source: Cambridge News (7 September 2004)
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