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 (howard.williams@chester.ac.uk). 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 howard.williams@chester.ac.uk if you are an active researcher on relevant themes and topics in any discipline, including history, archaeology, heritage or place-name research.

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