W. M. F. Petrie, The Hill Figures of England

Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Occasional Paper No. 7, 1926.

The famous archaeologist William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853–1942) here turns his attention to five English hill figures: the Long Man, the Cerne Giant, the Uffington Horse, and two crosses. Petrie was dissatisfied with what had been written previously about these figures. He provides the first accurate surveys of the figures, and speculates about what units of length might have been used in laying them out.

Because of the high accuracy that Petrie claimed for his plans, this website includes scans of the plates at 300 pixels per inch. Slight errors may however have been introduced by warping of the paper over time, and by the process of scanning (especially in the fold-outs, Plates V and VI). For convenience, reductions to 1/3 and 1/6 size are also included.

The digitized version contains the following Web pages:

TEXT
Prelims (including Contents and Introduction)
Main text

IMAGES
Front cover
Back cover
Title page
Plates Full size1/3 size1/6 size
I. The Long Man of Wilmington 1974 × 3522 658 × 1174 329 × 587
II. The Site of the Long Man 2496 × 3240 832 × 1080 416 × 540
III. The Giant of Cerne 2442 × 3222 814 × 1074 407 × 537
IV. The Maypole Earthwork 2448 × 3540 816 × 1180 408 × 590
V. The Earthworks around the Giant 5202 × 3276 1734 × 1092 867 × 546
VI. The White Horse of Uffington 5088 × 2226 1696 × 742 848 × 371
VII. The Earthworks of the White Horse 2184 × 3342 728 × 1114 364 × 557
VIII. The Crosses of Whiteleaf and Bledlow 2736 × 3462 912 × 1154 456 × 577
IX. Wayland Smith’s Cave. Smacam Earthworks 2532 × 3312 844 × 1104 422 × 552