Latest Revelations on Lancaut Peninsular & Spital Meend fort

An evening presentation and update on the latest revelations from the archaeological investigations in the Lancaut Peninsular & Spital Meend fort: Wednesday 28th November 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) Drill Hall, Chepstow, NP16 5HJ Find out about the final results from the small partnership project that has conducted walkovers, geophysical surveys and targeted excavations around the…

Offa’s Dyke Rises at Chirk!

This summer has seen headlines about fantastic archaeological discoveries from the air. Archaeological features are being found by aerial reconnaissance to an unprecedented degree, together with enhanced details and elements of already known sites and monuments. Why? This all is the result of the 2018 heatwave and limited precipitation, meaning that cropmarks and parchmarks across…

Offa’s Dyke Conference, Saturday 15th September 2018

Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust and the Offa’s Dyke Collabatory invite you to a one day conference event, held at the Marches School, Oswestry, on Saturday September 15th.  This exciting and informative symposium, organised by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, will feature perspectives from field archaeologists, academics, local history societies, enthusiasts, and many more. With talks on historical…

A Walkers’ ‘Passport’ for Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail

In spring 2019 the Offa’s Dyke Association (ODA) is launching its walkers’ Passport scheme for Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail. It will operate with the full knowledge and co-operation of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail Officer and will use the official National Trail acorn branding on its cover. Trail passports are popular with walkers…

Craignant Tower (again)

In a previous post, I reviewed the Craignant Tower: a 19th-century ruin marking the line of Offa’s Dyke. Andy Heaton of Trefonen has kindly shared with me an old (undated) photograph of this tower in its original form: evoking beside the road a faux-medievalism and bespoke ruination.  

Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory after 1 Year

This blog post is to update everyone about what we’ve been doing over the last year. In under 13 months there has been a lot of activity by individual convenors and members, but also under the auspices of the Collaboratory itself. The Website First, we set up this website to outline what the Collaboratory is…

Offa’s Dyke: Conservation Conversations

Paul Belford writes on his blog: The conservation of Offa’s Dyke has been the focus of two events in recent weeks. Both were hosted by the Offa’s Dyke Association (ODA) and took place at the delightful Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton. The first event, on 23 March, was the third meeting of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory; the second, on 12…

Lancaut Revelations – 16th March, Chepstow

Recent Revelations from the Lancaut Peninsular – a day-school about a ruined church and DMV on the banks of the Wye below a promontory fort on the line of Offa’s Dyke. How do we think it fits together? Day School event on Friday 16th March at the Chepstow Drill Hall, 10am-3.30pm. Cost £5 (includes a…

Offa’s Dyke Heritage

The Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory are co-hosting a day workshop with the Offa’s Dyke Centre. We are very grateful to the Centre for supporting this and for a range of speakers who have already agreed to speak on aspects of the heritage of Offa’s Dyke and other linear earthworks. Confirmed speakers include: Offa’s Dyke by Numbers…

Dykes through Time – Rethinking Early Medieval Linear Earthworks

At the 39th Theoretical Archaeology Group conference – 18th-20th December 2017 – I organised the second meeting of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory – a research network set up to foster new research on the early medieval linear earthworks of western Britain. Building on from a first and very successful workshop at Shrewsbury in April 2017, this…

Earthworks and… comics?

I am an archaeological illustrator who regularly creates drawings and paintings for various kinds of public outreach projects. Several years ago, I began using comics as a medium for visual explanation of all kinds of archaeology – monuments, research, excavation, survey, etc. What I have discovered is that comics are an extraordinarily suitable medium for…

TRPG Event – Trefonen

Andy Heaton of the TRPG sent in this report: The Trefonen Rural Protection Group (TRPG) hosted it’s “Autumn Speaker Evening 2017” which focussed this year on the Offa’s Dyke monument and long distance footpath that both pass through the heart of our village. In a packed village hall with over 120 of our community in…

Frontiers Past and Present – Journal of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory

I’m now working on a new open-access journal as a key endeavour for the Collaboratory. Frontiers Past and Present – Journal of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory The idea is to create a journal focusing on the history and archaeology of linear earthworks and other boundaries and frontier works. The journal will also explore the heritage…

Maen Achwyfan and its Landscape

Of direct relevance to the contested frontier landscape of the pre-Norman era is the fascinating cross at Maen Achwyfan, Flintshire. It is close to the Whitford dykes and close to where Offa’s Dyke has been considered by antiquarians as running. Indeed, I just love Maen Achwyfan: a 10th/11th-century cross in Flintshire. It is actually really…