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Wittenham Clumps: Ancient Earthworks Haunted by Gods Long Forgotten

Monday, October 3, 2016 7:01
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Wittenham Clumps: Ancient Earthworks Haunted by Gods Long Forgotten

A beautiful legendary country haunted by old gods long forgotten, wrote the British poet Paul Nash upon seeing the Clumps, a distinctive set of peaks in the Thames Valley of Oxfordshire, England.  Rising some 400 feet (122 meters) about the clay beds of the River Thames, the Clumps are made of chalk and covered with trees. They can be seen from miles away as the only peaks an otherwise lowland area; from the summits they afford a spectacular view of the surrounding environs. It is for this reason that they were selected to host local rulers from as far back as the Ice Age.

Wittenham Clumps atop Sinodun Hills

Wittenham Clumps atop Sinodun Hills (geography.org.uk)

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