The huge chalk figure on the Dorset hills is a familiar sight in the series of man-made figures around the world. Establishing his date of creation, however, has always been a bit of a pickle. Archaeologists of the National Trust have now studied the layers of re-chalking of the giant all the way down to the deepest patch they could find. And that patch of sand turns out to date between the eighth and twelfth century. Read more in the fine articles on The Guardian and Medievalists.net.