CFP: Dykes Through Time: Rethinking Early Medieval Linear Earthworks

The 39th Theoretical Archaeology Group annual conference is taking place at Cardiff University, 18-20 December 2017. Details are here. The following session has been accepted by the TAG Committee on behalf of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory. Interested in speaking? Submit your proposed titles and proposals  to the session organiser – Professor Howard Williams (howard.williams@chester.ac.uk) by…

The Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory: Origins, Purpose and Parameters

These notes have been prepared to accompany a brief prefatory talk at the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory Workshop held at The University Centre, Shrewsbury, on Friday 28th April 2017.   Origins The present initiative to promote new research and field investigation into the Mercian-British frontier (broadly) between the Dee and the Severn estuaries in the borderlands…

Offa’s Dyke: some notes towards a Research Agenda

Introduction Recent decades have seen a proliferation in the formulation of Research Agenda in British archaeology. The best of these have helped focus study and co-ordinate efforts. Far too many, however, especially before the year 2000, comprised either vague ‘wish-lists’ with no realistic chance of fulfilment, or have been so closely-articulated that they have inhibited…

Offa’s Dyke: Notes towards a Research Design in 100 Questions

Introduction There are many questions that remain to be answered about both Offa’s Dyke and the British-Mercian frontier, for the latter especially for the several decades either side of the year 800AD. As was explained in Chapter 2 of Offa’s Dyke: Landscape and Hegemony in Eighth-Century Britain (Keith Ray and Ian Bapty, Windgather Press, 2016,…

Welcome to the ODC Website

Welcome to the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory (ODC) website. In coming months, we will be populating the site with information and resources about new research on Offa’s Dyke, Wat’s Dyke and early medieval western Britain. This first post is to highlight you to the above static pages that provide information about the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory: About…