Why Leucippotomy?

Perhaps you typed ‘leucippotomy’ into your search engine of choice, or possibly the relevant banner is displaying now; in either event, you are no doubt wondering why there’s a tie-in to the practice (often a fairly recent, rather than prehistoric one) of carving horses into hillsides on a largely-unrelated website.  The answer is fairly mundane:  when I was casting around for slightly-more-interesting domain names to register back in the mid-to-late-1990s, I kept coming back to this.  It can be partially blamed on my multiple archaeology degrees, even though I only had brief and vague opportunities to study the Uffington White Horse and its ilk as part of my official studies – along with topics like Viking horsemanship and beer prehistory, hill figures remain firmly on the list of ‘much better dissertation topics than the one I actually chose’ (that was to do with amber in the Bronze Age, in the extremely unlikely case that you were wondering).  My general interest in the folklore surrounding ancient (and not-so-ancient) sites is also at fault to a certain extent, but in the end, it comes down to this: it was a word I liked that happened to be available.  Now you know!