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.

OD Selattyn



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 about. 

It also serves as a blog, and all Members have been invited to write on it about their ongoing research activities and discoveries. If anyone hasn’t received an invite to write, and still wants to write about their endeavours, do get in touch with Howard ( For example, in addition to blog posts by Howard, you can learn about:

In addition, there is a list of Members, the Convenors, and key resources which currently comprise 4 documents by Keith Ray:

We hope to add useful Links to other projects and websites in due course.

The Inaugural Workshop – Shrewsbury, April 2017

The Offa’s Dyke started with a day-long workshop held at the University Centre Shrewsbury and co-organised by Howard with Dr Patricia Murrieta-Flores and Dr James Pardoe.

The “Dykes through Time” Cardiff TAG Session – Cardiff, December 2017

A diverse and fascinating academic conference session provided a rich range of comparative studies investigating the relationship of Wat’s Dyke and Offa’s Dyke with European and British dykes from prehistory and the Roman period through to the Middle Ages and their perception and reception in the modern era.

Offa’s Dyke Heritage workshop – Knighton 2018

Papers focused on the management and conservation of Offa’s Dyke, but again looking at parallels and practices from elsewhere.

The Offa’s Dyke Journal

The Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory has issued a Call for Papers for a brand-new open-access academic journal to provide a context for both new research on the linear earthworks of the Anglo-Welsh borderlands and comparative studies with frontier works from other times and places.

Join the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory at any time by emailing Howard on if you are an active researcher on relevant themes and topics in any discipline, including history, archaeology, heritage or place-name research.

CFP: Offa’s Dyke Journal, Volume 1 for 2019


The Offa’s Dyke Journal

The Journal of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory

Volume 1 for 2019

Editor: Professor Howard Williams

Assistant Editor: Liam Delaney

 The Offa’s Dyke Journal is now accepting submissions of original research articles of up to 10,000 words for its first issue: Volume 1 for 2019.

ODJ is a brand-new venue for the publication of high-quality research on the archaeology, history and heritage of frontiers focusing on the Anglo-Welsh border.

The editor invites submissions that explore dimensions of Offa’s Dyke, Wat’s Dyke and the ‘short dykes’ of western Britain, including their life-histories and landscape contexts. ODJ will also consider comparative studies from elsewhere in Britain, Europe and beyond.

ODJ will be published by JAS Arqueología, and is supported by the University of Chester and the Offa’s Dyke Association.

The journal will be open access: free to authors and readers.

Print copies of the journal will be made available for purchase to members of the Offa’s Dyke Association and the general public through the Offa’s Dyke Centre.

Email submissions to: by 1st October 2018.