I Hit 3,000-Year-Old Art with a Hammer

  • Published on Aug 13, 2018
  • The White Horse, in Uffington, is one of the oldest surviving works of art in Britain: carved into a hillside in Oxfordshire 3,000 years ago. Every year, it's rechalked by volunteers co-ordinated through the National Trust, a line of maintenance going back to before England had written history.
    Thanks to all the National Trust team! If you're free over the August bank holiday and fancy helping out, here's the link! www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/9220f3c2-d50f-4a9e-9063-8d9346ed5da9/pages/details
    Thanks to Ian from IanVisits for giving the tipoff - he makes a cameo in this one! www.ianvisits.co.uk/
    Camera by Paul (@cr3) - he also makes a cameo!
    Edit by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) - who doesn't make a cameo.
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Comments • 1 211

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  10 months ago +5807

    I was worried that the title of this video was clickbait, but no, I am literally hitting 3,000-year-old art with a hammer.

    • GeekWorthy
      GeekWorthy 3 months ago

      No, it's totally F'ing clickbait

    • Deogratias8
      Deogratias8 4 months ago

      nice video this is my homework for the school i go to

    • Lance Nostrum
      Lance Nostrum 4 months ago

      Well you’re hitting something against a 3,000 year old artwork

    • Channel Czarovski
      Channel Czarovski 6 months ago

      edutainment clickbait tho!

    • Mephostopheles
      Mephostopheles 6 months ago

      This is the difference between clickbait and a hook.

  • Chilukar
    Chilukar 8 days ago

    So what you are saying is that this horse has been getting hammered for 3,000 years!

  • vanmaren962
    vanmaren962 10 days ago

    I got a little choked up on this one. Truly amazing.

  • 911 Tech
    911 Tech 15 days ago

    Ok. you can introduce and pound chalk but you cannot fly a drone. hmm

    BLITZKRIEG 23 days ago

    I don't know, it seems kind of destructive replacing it with new chalk. They should have left it and covered it up with some sort of glass structure.
    Imagine replacing all the blocks on the pyramid of giza. Would it be the same?

  • Mr Maple Man
    Mr Maple Man 25 days ago

    I sense an episode of Ancient Aliens upon us....

  • pandakatiefominz
    pandakatiefominz 26 days ago

    Why am I crying

  • Bruce Schneider
    Bruce Schneider 26 days ago

    That's fantastic. It would be great to take part in this as part of a trip to the U.K.

  • aries chara
    aries chara Month ago +2

    I think something huge gonna be sumoned there

  • kensyre
    kensyre Month ago

    y'all consider this a date

  • Neave MCGEEHAN
    Neave MCGEEHAN Month ago

    I thought it said hamster and I got VERY concerned

  • Hans Van der Vyverwaal

    Tom you need to chill out

  • Endeakour
    Endeakour Month ago

    ima one up you. I'll burn a 3000 year old piece of history.

  • Small pp man PM
    Small pp man PM Month ago

    Absolute madlad

  • nikhil nair
    nikhil nair Month ago

    looks like a cat

  • trailers by arnas
    trailers by arnas Month ago

    It looks like a cat it was prob made by Egyptians or am i in the wrong time zone

  • Alejandro Pacheco
    Alejandro Pacheco Month ago

    Now do that with Notre Dame

  • SlimySlime
    SlimySlime Month ago

    watching this right after the sad news of notre dame burning...
    it s a responsibility of each one of us to preserve art, as a testament to our history, regardless of people, country or beliefs.
    without these works, we would be unrepairably poorer.

  • Geometry Dash Newbie

    Pokemon Sword and Shield are looking really good! Looks really realistic!

  • Idiot Entertainment

    Title should have been “beating a 3000 year old dead horse”

  • Zygison
    Zygison Month ago +1


  • Senan M
    Senan M Month ago

    I hit a 3 year old with a hammer

  • Edward Record
    Edward Record Month ago

    There are some mega fun cycling routes near it 😂😂😂

  • Reflex Gaming
    Reflex Gaming Month ago

    Was i clickbaited?
    Well yes, but actually no

  • StringStorm ‌
    StringStorm ‌ Month ago

    And all it takes is for one businessman to hand over some money to doze this over and build a parking lot or something.


  • Federico Olivares
    Federico Olivares Month ago

    Let me call an expert on restoring ancient art
    Oh.... it looks damaged, have you tried hitting it with a hammer??

  • Denis_Gamez
    Denis_Gamez Month ago

    Next video:I smashed 10 million year old dinosaur bone probably worth ten trillion

  • 6 6
    6 6 Month ago

    Not allowed to fly a drone over it huh? Unenforceable unjust laws invalidate law and government.

  • Hrvatski Mapper
    Hrvatski Mapper Month ago


  • Daniel Amazing
    Daniel Amazing Month ago +1

    I was there that day and hit it with a hammer as well!!!

  • Glitch Modulator
    Glitch Modulator Month ago

    No one:
    Tome Scott: I Hit 3,000-Year-Old Art with a Hammer

  • DukkulanMarshal
    DukkulanMarshal Month ago

    If you hit the earth then you hit 6,000 year old art

  • Atian Firebolt
    Atian Firebolt Month ago

    Why break the chalk?

  • yojelsonrc
    yojelsonrc Month ago

    if you cant see it from the ground why would the original inventors make it

  • Misty Lane
    Misty Lane Month ago

    I think that it's rather awesome that its 3000 year old interactive piece of art

  • Joshua Warr
    Joshua Warr Month ago

    So who was preserving it before it was discovered? Considering it would grow over after 20 years

  • Matt Gottlieb
    Matt Gottlieb Month ago

    Hey Tom, love your videos. speaking of hitting stuff with stuff, have you ever heard of the Ringing Rocks in Bucks County PA? I went there when I was little, wondering if you know about that place.

  • Evan Jones
    Evan Jones Month ago

    I'm glad you weren't defacing that site for some random video:)
    Way to help keep history alive;)

  • Lebenspiel
    Lebenspiel 2 months ago

    So no one knows who made it and why, and they renewing it every year but don't know why?

    Human behavior in a nutshell.

  • imLuke
    imLuke 2 months ago

    Hold on, wasn’t this in Forza Horizon 4?

  • Iraq Fuckin CountryBall

    I have trust issues after
    Watching this

  • wat
    wat 2 months ago +1

    WOW amazing, thousands of years in the making, i wonder what type of people would keep this up for over 3 thousand years if every 20 to 30 years it needs to be worked on, just amazing......Wish there was video of it back then.

  • Franklin&Tangelo345
    Franklin&Tangelo345 2 months ago

    This just in:
    Tom Scott is now getting arrested for vandalism of a chalk horse.

  • GreenSpleen
    GreenSpleen 2 months ago

    There was a thing just like this in rdr2, it was a snake on a hill that you had to climb up a tower to fully see. It must've been based off of this.

  • The Garden of Eatin
    The Garden of Eatin 2 months ago

    I wonder how much the shape has been distorted over the millennia. Like, I'd be interested to compare the oldest known drawings and photographs of it with it's current shape.

  • Amaziah of Judah
    Amaziah of Judah 2 months ago

    it should be legal to sell cocaine miniatures​ of the horse to tourists.

  • Rafe Aldridge
    Rafe Aldridge 2 months ago

    The mound you see at bottom of hill, towards the end of the film is, apparently, where George stayed the dragon. The top was where the dragons blood spilled and why nothing grows on top of it.

  • Rafe Aldridge
    Rafe Aldridge 2 months ago

    I live near there 🙂

  • Trash
    Trash 2 months ago

    So what happens when it rains

  • Ilan Smolders
    Ilan Smolders 2 months ago

    Why were you not allowed to fly a drone

  • Paskaloth
    Paskaloth 2 months ago +1

    Couldn't fly a drone in a giant empty field? Were they afraid it was going to crash into the art? That you are beating with a hammer?

    • Paskaloth
      Paskaloth 2 months ago

      +Rob Fraser

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser 2 months ago

      No, that you would then sell the images depriving the trust that maintains the horse of any postcard sales.

  • Aryaman Kejriwal
    Aryaman Kejriwal 2 months ago

    I thing the Pokemon company saw this and added it to sword and shield

  • DapperDevNul
    DapperDevNul 2 months ago +3

    Pokemon Gen 8 HYPE

  • Andrea Tavaglione
    Andrea Tavaglione 2 months ago

    that's the kind of clickbait I want to see!!

  • SoTyp Me
    SoTyp Me 3 months ago +1

    Why are drones not allowed?

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser 2 months ago

      To stop people cashing in by selling the images they take. The national trust relies on donations and sales of souvenirs such as postcards.

  • Eine kleine Nachtmusik
    Eine kleine Nachtmusik 3 months ago

    Wouldn't it be ironic if it was the ancestors of modern Germans that created it. And by the way... that ain't a horse. I don't care if they've been calling it a horse since the 1700's, nope, not a horse.

  • Sydney Thomas
    Sydney Thomas 3 months ago

    T'aint what a horse looks like, it's what a horse be

  • TheSuomi
    TheSuomi 3 months ago +1

    So people have repaired it for 3000 years?

  • spyrolad
    spyrolad 3 months ago

    ao awesome that people keep coming together to preserve something like this for thousands of years

  • Sebastian A
    Sebastian A 4 months ago

    I mean it's clickbait, but it's not

  • jean luke
    jean luke 4 months ago

    Well that’s nice, Probably something left over when the Rome ruled Britian. Meanwhile, evil people in USA are destroying American history because they are self-righteous a-holes.

  • Groovy Games
    Groovy Games 4 months ago

    its in FH4

  • MarbleSwan666
    MarbleSwan666 4 months ago +1

    0:41 to 0:53 out of context

  • Josh
    Josh 4 months ago

    Little do we know this could've just been graffiti in the olden times.

  • Mr. Woof
    Mr. Woof 4 months ago +1

    So they keep art preserved by smashing it. Out of context, that sounds impossible, but in context, it sounds brilliant.

  • Musicjax
    Musicjax 4 months ago

    mad lad

  • Chris Adels
    Chris Adels 4 months ago

    that's the evidence - Aliens are real

  • Ceremco - Magician In Bali

    Why can't you fly a drone over it?

  • Isaac Dahlvang
    Isaac Dahlvang 4 months ago

    Very cool!

  • Chris Daniels
    Chris Daniels 4 months ago

    I don’t think so. I think it lasts thousands of years oh just want as white as the chock your using

  • Chris Daniels
    Chris Daniels 4 months ago +1

    Isn’t there a giant in the land like that with a great big penis made the same way?

  • Chris Daniels
    Chris Daniels 4 months ago

    Your not allowed to fly a drone over it ?

  • Samuel Tibbitts
    Samuel Tibbitts 4 months ago


  • BiskviLover 3096
    BiskviLover 3096 5 months ago +1

    Absolute madlad

  • Krokiecikk L3m0
    Krokiecikk L3m0 5 months ago

    Nie wolno niszczyć zabytkóe

  • Grant Gryczan
    Grant Gryczan 5 months ago +1

    But what if the art was originally to symbolize something terrible?

  • SteveMutt
    SteveMutt 5 months ago +1

    Tom Scott is Fix It Felix Jr. CONFIRMED!

  • Jack Smithson
    Jack Smithson 5 months ago

    I can see that from my school

  • Derpidude
    Derpidude 5 months ago +1

    I read this as “I hit a 3 year old with a hammer”

  • Fist_punch95
    Fist_punch95 5 months ago

    Looks like a horse

  • Drew Gossett
    Drew Gossett 5 months ago

    Dumb clickbait. Verified.

  • Systox25
    Systox25 5 months ago

    Just found this horse in Forza Horizon 4

  • Services Mr.Cương
    Services Mr.Cương 5 months ago


  • Fathin Luqman Tantowi
    Fathin Luqman Tantowi 5 months ago +1

    this can be a way to preserve biohazard/ radioactive waste, by putting an art on top of it so ppl is reluctant to dig

    • Echo
      Echo 5 months ago +1

      Fathin Luqman Tantowi bad idea, then you'd get people flocking to a radioacrive waste dump just to look at art. More likelihood of it being tampered with.

  • Melanie Kirkland
    Melanie Kirkland 5 months ago

    I can answear the questions from the begining.
    People who live 3000 years ago
    People who found reason - most likely religous - to make a giant chalk horse on a hill

  • Federico Olivares
    Federico Olivares 5 months ago

    Art was so metal back in the day... like "you want to keep it looking well? Hit with a hammer" i tried doing that to the mona lisa and well... havent returned to the louvre or france at all for that matter....

  • 00DiamondBlack
    00DiamondBlack 5 months ago

    absolute madlad

  • KidZniper
    KidZniper 5 months ago

    But why?

  • DauntingKitty
    DauntingKitty 6 months ago

    *S M A S H L I K E*

  • Yitz
    Yitz 6 months ago +1

    wonder if H. P. Lovecraft knew about this...

  • rewrwe
    rewrwe 6 months ago

    My dad hits me like that too

  • Gero 1556
    Gero 1556 6 months ago

    Why couldn’t you fly a drone over it .

  • joh joh
    joh joh 6 months ago

    if they pounded it to more of a course powder it would probably help with erosion.

  • FlintSparked
    FlintSparked 6 months ago

    British overdrive.

  • Matthew Wade
    Matthew Wade 6 months ago

    Why can't you fly a drone over it?

  • Superex111
    Superex111 6 months ago

    Best clickbait ever

  • 동첸임니다
    동첸임니다 6 months ago

    This is the sort of thing that would be great on a sunny day with a group friends as something to do while chatting. A better version of having a TV on in the background.

  • ChaikaFace
    ChaikaFace 6 months ago

    With all that smashing of new chalks can we really say that it is the same artwork from 3000 years? Or it is a new artwork hence it is NOT 3000 years old?
    It is another example of a Theseus' Ship.

  • viguime
    viguime 6 months ago

    Super Smash Horse

  • Gleamiarts
    Gleamiarts 6 months ago

    I read this as 'I hit a 3-year-old with a hammer' and was very confused