Cerne Abbas Giant
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Go Historic ID
318994
names
Cerne Abbas Giant
coordinates
50.813694° N, 2.474740° W
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Essays on the Cerne Abbas Giant

  • Overview

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    The Cerne Abbas Giant is a figure of a club-weilding naked man on a grassy hillside to the north of the village of Cerne Abbas. He has a very prominent penis, a disproportionately small head, and a simple, almost comical face that doesn't match the fierceness of his form. The Giant is 180 feet (55 m) tall and 167 feet (51 m) wide. In his right hand, he wields a knobbed club 120 feet (36.5 m) long. The trench is 1 foot wide and 1 foot deep. Above the Giant's left shoulder is a small square earthwork called the Trendle, which has been dated to the Iron Age. continue reading →

Blog Posts on the Cerne Abbas Giant

  • Cerne Abbas

    Posted November 15, 2006 by Holly Hayes Part of: Graduate School in Oxford

    On our way back home from Weymouth on Sunday, we stopped at Cerne Abbas, a village in the county of Dorset with a population of just over 700. It's delightful. But it's best known for the giant chalk drawing on a hillside just outside of town, known as the Cerne Abbas Giant or "Rude Man." You can probably guess how he…

Bibliography of the Cerne Abbas Giant

  1. The Cerne Abbas Giant.” Mysterious Britain. Web.

Article Info

Short URL
gohist.co/318994
Submitted by
Holly Hayes
First published
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014

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