TAG session Dykes through Time

The 2017 Theoretical Archaeology Group conference was held in Cardiff between the 18th and 20th of December 2017. The website is here TAG 2017.

Of particular interest was the session “Dykes through Time: Rethinking Early Medieval Linear Earthworks” organized by Professor Howard Williams of the University of Chester. The full session abstracts are here including my paper “Bringing the Dykes into the 21st Century: How did we get here?”.

The powerpoint presentations and abstract for the papers can be found on the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory web site here – presentations.


The Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory

I have now joined the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory project. The Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory was created at a workshop held at The University Centre, Shrewsbury, on Friday 28th April 2017 and the aim is:

“to promote new research and field investigation into the Mercian-British frontier (broadly) between the Dee and the Severn estuaries in the borderlands of England with Wales” 

More information can be found on their website at

Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory



The Black Pig’s Dyke

I have just come across the website for the Black Pig’s Dyke regional project 2014. This was funded by the heritage offices of Monaghan, Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon and the Heritage Council of Ireland and mapped and excavated the Iron Age linear earthworks collectively known as the Black Pig’s Dyke.

The Black Pig’s Dyke

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