Case Study: Engaging history with national trust tracker packs

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By Caroline Searle, published 19th July 2009

Introduction

White Horse Hill in Oxfordshire is home to the famous chalk White Horse, and it has been for the last 3000 years. The history surrounding this hill, high up on the Berkshire Downs, goes back further to the Neolithic period, which means that it is oozing with history just waiting to be absorbed by eager minds, young and old alike.

The White Horse is just one part of the property. The highest point in Oxfordshire is home to Uffington Castle, an Iron Age hill fort that has never actually been a castle, but a stronghold designed to give a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside. Dragon Hill is a hillock which is best viewed by the horse. On its flat top there is a chalk ‘scar', said to be poisoned by the blood of the dragon when Saint George slayed him there. Since then nothing grows on the scar, yet the grass thrives around it. Finally the hill is littered with ancient burial mounds. The most prominent one is around 5000 years old and it is unique in that it was reused by later settlers in the area...

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