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Was Uffington White Horse really a unicorn?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 04:39 PM

www.telegraph.co.uk said:

A historical campaign group has launched a 50,000 bid to have the world famous Uffington White Horse made into a unicorn.

The plan by the 'Save the Unicorn at Uffington' has more than 1,000 members and is being lead by Bronze Age enthusiasts.

They claim the 3,000-year-old horse made from crushed white chalk in Uffington, Oxfordshire, was originally meant to be a depiction of the mythical horned beast.

The amateur historians have now received financial backing from 'well-wishers' including a 50,000 anonymous donation towards adding a 75-foot long horn to the horse.

The Uffington White Horse - which measures 374 feet - or 110 metres - is owned and managed by The National Trust - who have now received a proposal about the horn from the campaigners.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 05:32 PM

Early British culture was dominated by the horse, small bronze statues of horses aren't that rare from this period have any bronze unicorns been found? the horse (many stylized like the Uffington horse) is found on coins from this period is there any with a unicorn on? i think not.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 06:10 PM

Considering the earliest known reference to an animal that can be attributed 'a unicorn' was some 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece, I find it doubtful that ancient Britons some 3,000 years ago were 'fascinated' by this mythological creature.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 07:35 PM

In The Pattern of the Past, based on his dowsing of the site, Guy Underwood proposed an alternative figure of a more recognizable horse, but certainly no horn.  I'm sure figures of Underwood's interpretation have been posted here before on another UWH thread

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 08:12 PM

IMO, kind of stupid.. They want to take a piece of 3,000 art and make a modern addition to it. May as well start defacing other art to suit our wishes as well, blech. Mona Lisa mustache anyone?

I have to think that if the original carvers took the time to make something that has lasted so long, well if it was meant to have a horn they would have carved that in too, and it would have survived just as well as the rest of the carving has.

If these folks want a unicorn so bad.. Why don't they just take their money and find another hill to carve it into?

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 03:08 AM

To me that would just be ruining it. I agree with rashore, if it was supposed to be a unicorn, it would be. Why can`t we just leave special things alone, and not try to change them  <_<

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 09:14 AM

How on earthy can they even try and justify defacing an ancient work of art like that?

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 02:02 PM

I say we put a saddle on it.   With a traditional American cowbow too.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 05:16 PM

Funny, I always thought that the Uffington Horse looked much more like a feline profile. But, what does a Yank know anyway ...

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 08:57 PM

Unicorns are stupid.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 09:31 PM

I think that the original Uffington Horse....may have been a stylized dragon...

There is hill very near it called Dragon Hill.


and it may have been put there to represent the natural electro-magnetic-(plasma?) energy lines that criss cross the

countryside (and the whole earth)

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 11:25 PM

Yep, its a unicorn, no doubt about it.

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 11:56 PM

The Unicorn was probably an attempt by Greeks to describe the Indian Rhinoceros to the folks back home. They said it looked like 'a river horse with a horn on its nose', which it does. "River horse," in Greek, is 'hippo-potamus," and the Greeks knew about them through trade with Egypt. Later, people who didn't know that a 'river horse' was a different sort of horse indeed, just shortened it to 'a horse with a horn'.

That's my theory, anyway.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 12:04 AM

They need to leave it alone...if there is no evidence of it being more than what it appears to be....just let it be what it is.  The idea of it being mystical is goofy...it appears to me to be reverence to something they thought was extremely important...leave it as it stands...

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 01:39 AM

Yes. Theres no need to stick a horn on it. Its a horse: leave it at that. Hey, at least horses actually exist.

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