Letter: Labours of the Cerne Abbas giant

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Sir: In Oliver Gillie's otherwise excellent article about my survey of the Cerne giant ('Cerne Abbas giant may have held severed head', 21 May), there is one inaccuracy I feel I should put right before it becomes an archaeological 'fact'.

I did not include the area round the giant's head in my survey. It may be that once there were horns on this increasingly well-equipped figure - several Iron Age gods had them. Certainly this is just the sort of corroborative detail I shall be looking for to help me to establish the giant's identity. Nevertheless, I want readers to know that, as yet, there are no horns on the Cerne giant]

Yours,

RODNEY CASTLEDEN

Brighton, East Sussex

22 May

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