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 • 1 170

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  5 months ago +4924

    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.

    • Channel Czarovski
      Channel Czarovski Month ago

      edutainment clickbait tho!

    • Mephostopheles
      Mephostopheles Month ago

      This is the difference between clickbait and a hook.

    • Fernando Contreras
      Fernando Contreras Month ago


    • Fat Man
      Fat Man 2 months ago

      Oh...this wasn't the White Horse I was thinking of.

    • Fat Man
      Fat Man 2 months ago

      I somehow knew it would be the White Horse. I've passed it many times in my car.

  • SteveMutt
    SteveMutt 13 hours ago +1

    Tom Scott is Fix It Felix Jr. CONFIRMED!

  • Smithson TV
    Smithson TV Day ago

    I can see that from my school

  • Derpidude
    Derpidude 3 days ago +1

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

  • Fist_punch95
    Fist_punch95 4 days ago

    Looks like a horse

  • Drew Gossett
    Drew Gossett 5 days ago

    Dumb clickbait. Verified.

  • Systox25
    Systox25 6 days ago

    Just found this horse in Forza Horizon 4

  • Mr. Cương Services


  • Fathin Luqman Tantowi
    Fathin Luqman Tantowi 9 days 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 7 days ago

      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 11 days 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 13 days 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 14 days ago

    absolute madlad

  • KidZniper
    KidZniper 18 days ago

    But why?

  • DauntingKitty
    DauntingKitty 24 days ago

    *S M A S H L I K E*

  • Yitz
    Yitz 29 days ago +1

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

  • Hakeicjwieo2jeirh idliheixhaodk2kfudwje

    My dad hits me like that too

  • Gero 1556
    Gero 1556 Month ago

    Why couldn’t you fly a drone over it .

  • joh joh
    joh joh Month ago

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

  • FlintSparked
    FlintSparked Month ago

    British overdrive.

  • Matthew Wade
    Matthew Wade Month ago

    Why can't you fly a drone over it?

  • Superex111
    Superex111 Month ago

    Best clickbait ever

  • 동첸임니다
    동첸임니다 Month 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 Month 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 Month ago

    Super Smash Horse

  • leftiearts
    leftiearts Month ago

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

  • Professional Yeeter

    Wait wont it rain

  • Geta Life
    Geta Life Month ago

    weird flex but ok

  • J A
    J A Month ago

    Awww you cheeky little thing

  • I’m_Dank_Don’t_Judge

    The Wiltshire one is better

  • Joe Simpson
    Joe Simpson Month ago

    Not allowed to fly a drone over? Wow lame

  • zIHaXSaWIz
    zIHaXSaWIz Month ago

    Lovely b&q buckets 😂

  • Mach One
    Mach One Month ago

    Fascinating, never knew about this

  • TomaattiKeitto
    TomaattiKeitto Month ago


  • TreeTwoWon
    TreeTwoWon Month ago


  • Landon J Powell
    Landon J Powell Month ago

    So every year, this is going to change slightly? Maybe 3000 years ago it resembled a horse.

  • Bojko
    Bojko Month ago

    Weird flex but ok

  • Hrithik
    Hrithik Month ago

    What if it rains

  • The Humin
    The Humin Month ago


  • B Rumm
    B Rumm Month ago

    You don't need a tower to make a big complicated figure, as evidenced by crop circles made manually without having any view from above.

  • Nemesi
    Nemesi Month ago

    What a therapeutic thing to do... wouldn't mind doing that myself

  • Jake
    Jake Month ago

    Nerds are the best kind of people. "Just you watch, I'm gonna smash this art!" "...it's actually helping to preserve it"

  • Bad Meme
    Bad Meme Month ago

    Imagine how proud its creators would probably be

  • Uni Realm
    Uni Realm Month ago

    While trying to recreate this art I accidentally built a barracks and militia are spawning non stop. Send help

  • Arvind Sami
    Arvind Sami Month ago

    The White horse hill is also listed as one the 100 hardest bike climbs in England. It is also known as dragon hill.

  • Huntz Kushe
    Huntz Kushe Month ago


  • Ido Moshe
    Ido Moshe Month ago

    Clickbait game strong.

  • ShockwaveGaming 26
    ShockwaveGaming 26 Month ago

    Smashing video

  • James
    James Month ago

    How about we try explaining why camera files are called DSC... etc mad capn Tom?

  • Dusty Peter
    Dusty Peter 2 months ago

    Mad lad

  • Luke Pickle
    Luke Pickle 2 months ago +1

    I would volunteer to help preserve it but I live across the water in Northern Ireland :(

    EVILBUNNY28 2 months ago +1

    What if this turns out to be one giant prank that’s actually 3000 years in the making

  • Cuppa Tea
    Cuppa Tea 2 months ago

    Mad Lad

  • giorgio marchetti
    giorgio marchetti 2 months ago

    clikbait title

  • ACED
    ACED 2 months ago +1

    Oh...so that was what that thing was...

  • Elijah rulz
    Elijah rulz 2 months ago

    Imagine someone finding a Coca Cola logo in the ground, and they don’t know what it means but they make sure it’s maintained for thousands for years not knowing what it means.

  • Dan Dart
    Dan Dart 2 months ago

    Everybody talks about the horse, but nobody seems to talk about the Cerne Abbas Giant...

  • Eralp Akpınar
    Eralp Akpınar 2 months ago

    Well its not clickbait

  • Cap673
    Cap673 2 months ago

    Technically the truth

  • Poro Snacks
    Poro Snacks 2 months ago

    I would also hit that like button 😀

  • Louis Bloice
    Louis Bloice 2 months ago

    Hello Tom. Really enjoying your channel.
    Please could you do a video on Mutford Lock in Oulton Broad. As far as I'm aware its the only marine lock with 4 sets of gates due to being tidal on both sides of the lock. Thanks.

  • Envy West
    Envy West 2 months ago

    Wish you could show drone footage

    MIND NOVA 2 months ago

    We should leave it alone.

  • Dapstart
    Dapstart 2 months ago

    Xtc- English settlement

  • gferrol118
    gferrol118 2 months ago

    I can just imagine if the Trojan horse was done like this

  • Mishanya Mishanya
    Mishanya Mishanya 2 months ago

    Hey, did you know that Melbourne in Australia used to be called Batman city, after a john batman

  • Davi Gurgel
    Davi Gurgel 2 months ago


  • Individous
    Individous 2 months ago

    Tom Scott, what do you actually do that gives you the ability to involve in all those diverse projects and show them off to the world?
    I know that you are also part of the youtube channel "Computerphile" but that doesn't explain why you are all over the place.
    It is fascinating to see how many different things you get to see and learn about. especially things that I have never heard of, in most cases.
    So what do you do for a living?
    Great videos, keep on.

  • Can I get 1 million subs plz

    I love seeing Tom smash a horse.

  • Steven McCullagh
    Steven McCullagh 2 months ago

    I'd love to know more about that sunlight detector developed by Oxford University.

  • juanker52
    juanker52 2 months ago

    The title made it twice as good

  • Robbie Steel
    Robbie Steel 2 months ago

    Please go to jail after this :P

  • evanna11
    evanna11 2 months ago

    Helps me picture some stuff for lethal white a lot better, thanks :)

  • Alex Landherr
    Alex Landherr 2 months ago

    I’ve read about it. Nice seeing it on video!

  • Carlos E
    Carlos E 3 months ago

    I expected you to destroy it!

  • mrbearbear83
    mrbearbear83 3 months ago

    Can't fly a drone over it, but can smash it with a hammer

  • Dylan P
    Dylan P 3 months ago

    Stop... Hammer time!

  • ZRkillerBUSH
    ZRkillerBUSH 3 months ago +1

    They actually added this piece of art to Forza Horizon 4!

  • kairon156
    kairon156 3 months ago

    Maybe 3K years ago there was a star constellation that looked like a horse and they wanted to recreate it on the ground?

  • spookyfeministagenda the streamer

    English Settlement

  • Old Uncle Silas
    Old Uncle Silas 3 months ago

    Some people think it's a cat not a horse. It does actually look a lot more like a cat

  • quadrplax
    quadrplax 3 months ago

    This sounds similar to the Ship of Theseus. If all of the chalk on the horse has been replaced with new chalk over the course of the last 3000 years, is it still the same horse?

  • David Canfield
    David Canfield 3 months ago

    10/10 shitpost of the day

  • tanklord99 da boss
    tanklord99 da boss 3 months ago

    I saw that while on a plane

  • TheYoutubeGuy
    TheYoutubeGuy 3 months ago

    How did i assume you was there?

  • Rainbow Dash
    Rainbow Dash 3 months ago


  • FishAntsPlantsAndDave
    FishAntsPlantsAndDave 3 months ago

    Smashing a piece of chalk with a MALLET isnt the same as hitting the art piece.

  • Jackson
    Jackson 3 months ago

    I can see the white Horse from my window

  • King Peter
    King Peter 3 months ago

    I imagine 3000 years ago, 30 guys drunk on fermented fruits just decide to draw a horse with chalk, and then a few years people found it and started worshiping it and maintaining it and now the tradition goes on

  • The Poet Of Fall
    The Poet Of Fall 3 months ago

    Art that can only be properly appreciated from the sky, can’t fly a drone over it. Flawless logic!

  • Blue
    Blue 3 months ago


  • final_edit
    final_edit 3 months ago

    smashing job as always Tom, can't wait for your next video!

  • Boomber
    Boomber 3 months ago

    Longest copypasta in the world.

  • Jon Suani
    Jon Suani 3 months ago


  • Ricky Daanngg
    Ricky Daanngg 3 months ago

    U sounded a bit like gordon ramsey

  • ThatCrazy Drunk
    ThatCrazy Drunk 3 months ago

    Tom Scot, the next British Isis big shot.

  • Gregory II
    Gregory II 3 months ago


  • lassiecomehome
    lassiecomehome 3 months ago

    I think that's a whippet, not a horse.

  • The creater
    The creater 3 months ago

    *Two drumbs and a symbol fall off a cliff.*

  • Diggnuts
    Diggnuts 3 months ago

    Yeah, no.. It is not 3K old.. not by a long shot.

  • Mort
    Mort 3 months ago

    I was there the other day!! It's on the way to Swindon