The 3,000-Year-Old White Horse of Uffington Up Close (Video)

July 20, 2023

The Uffington White Horse, a 3,000-year-old chalk figure carved into a hill in Oxfordshire, England, holds significant historical value. The artwork’s origin remains a mystery, as it predates written history in the British Isles. The figure, which was hidden from view until the invention of aircraft, is regularly maintained by volunteers who re-chalk and scour it annually. This preservation effort is crucial, as neglect could lead to the gradual disappearance of the artwork within a few decades. The dedication of these volunteers highlights the enduring connection between present-day individuals and those who have worked throughout history to ensure the survival of this ancient masterpiece. Watch the process of re-chalking up close.

Top image: The White Horse of Uffington. Source:  James / Adobe Stock.