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Name:Cerne Abbas Giant, Cerne Abbas
Type of Record:Monument
HER Number:MDO708
Last edited:Nov

Location:Cerne Abbas, West Dorset
Grid Reference:ST 667 017
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Monument Type(s)


A turf-cut figure on the south-western end of Giant Hill. Previously thought to be Roman, now of less certain, possibly even post-medieval date. The figure represents a nude man striding left , holding a knotted club in his right hand, left arm outstreched. The nipples and ribs are represented, as is the phallus. The figure has been repaired and recut at various periods, a general repair having taken place in 1887.

Protected Status

  • Conservation Area
  • Scheduled Monument 27
  • Scheduled Monument 1003202: Cerne Giant

Sources and Further Reading

<1>SWX2949 - Monograph: Hutchins. 1774. Hutchins History of Dorset (vol. 1) 1774. Vol 1.
<2>SDO15 - Serial: Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society. 1901. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club. 22. 101-118.
<3>SDO97 - Bibliographic reference: Royal Commission on Historical Monuments England. 1952. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset. Volume One (West).
<4>SDO14244 - Unpublished document: Castleden R. 1995. The Cerne Giant Project, Phase 2: Surveys Undertaken in 1995.
<5>SDO14156 - Monograph: Darvill, T, Barker, K, Bender, B and Hutton, R. 1999. The Cerne Giant. An antiquity on trial.

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