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The origin and age of the figure are unclear. It is often thought of as an ancient construction, though the earliest mention of it dates to the late 17th century. Regardless of its age, the Cerne Abbas Giant has become an important part of local culture and folklore, which often associates it with fertility. It is one of England’s best known hill figures and is a visitor attraction in the region. A 1996 study found that some features have changed over time, concluding that the figure originally held a cloak in its left arm and stood over a disembodied head.
The former presence of a cloak was corroborated in 2008 when a team of archaeologists using special equipment determined that part of the carving had been allowed to be obliterated. The Giant has been described as “renowned for its manhood”, “markedly phallic”, “sexually explicit” and “ithyphallic”. The carving is most commonly known as the Cerne Abbas Giant. Although the best view of the Giant is from the air, most tourist guides recommend a ground view from the “Giant’s View” lay-by and car park off the A352. Like several other chalk figures carved into the English countryside, the Cerne Abbas Giant is often thought of as an ancient creation. The earliest known written reference to the giant is a 4 November 1694 entry in the Churchwardens’ Accounts from St Mary’s Church in Cerne Abbas, which reads “for repairing ye Giant, 3 shillings”.
Beginning in 1763 descriptions of the giant appeared in contemporary magazines. The earliest known survey was published in the Royal Magazine in September 1763. The earliest known drawing of the Giant appears in the August 1764 issue of Gentleman’s Magazine. A map referred to as the “1768 Survey Map of Cerne Abbas by Benjamin Pryce” is held at the Dorset History Centre. The first argues that because there is no medieval documentary evidence, then the Giant was created in the 17th century, perhaps by Lord Holles, who held the Cerne Abbas estate by right of his second wife Jane, and perhaps as a parody of Oliver Cromwell. Giant resembles the Roman god Hercules, who was based on the Greek god Heracles. The third idea is that the Giant is of Celtic origin, because it is stylistically similar to a Celtic god on a skillet handle found at Hod Hill, Dorset, and dated to around AD 10 to AD 51.
Various studies on the Cerne Abbas Giant have been undertaken. In 1896 the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society noted the consensus of members that the giant “is of very great antiquity”. Some modern scholars reject this, and argue for an origin shortly before the 18th century. Early antiquarians associated the figure with a Saxon god whose name contained some variant of the element Hel-. According to the National Trust, the grass is trimmed regularly and the giant is fully re-chalked every 25 years. Traditionally, the National Trust has relied on sheep from surrounding farms to graze the site. In 1921 Walter Long of Gillingham, Dorset objected to the giant’s nudity and conducted a campaign to either convert it to a simple nude, or to cover its supposed obscenity with a leaf.
A 1617 land survey of Cerne Abbas makes no mention of the Giant, suggesting that it may not have been there at the time or was perhaps overgrown. Egyptologist and archaeology pioneer Sir Flinders Petrie surveyed the Giant, probably during the First World War, and published his results in a Royal Anthropological Institute paper in 1926. In 1938, British archaeologist Stuart Piggott agreed, and like Hercules, should also be carrying a lion-skin. North-east of the head of the Giant is an escarpment called Trendle Hill, on which are some earthworks now called The Trendle or Frying Pan. It is a scheduled monument in its own right.
Antiquarian John Hutchins wrote in 1872 that “These remains are of very interesting character, and of considerable extent. Unlike the Giant, the earthworks belong to Lord Digby, rather than the National Trust. Its purpose is unknown, though it is thought to be the site of maypole dancing. Whatever its origin, the giant has become an important part of the culture and folklore of Dorset. Some folk stories indicate that the image is an outline of the corpse of a real giant. One story says the giant came from Denmark leading an invasion of the coast, and was beheaded by the people of Cerne Abbas while he slept on the hillside. Other folklore, first recorded in the Victorian era, associates the figure with fertility.