Members of the Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England project carried out fieldwork on Offa’s Dyke (Herefordshire, Powys, Shropshire) between 31st May and 4th June 2016.
One of the themes of the Travel and Communications in Anglo-Saxon England project is to explore the transportation geography of border regions. In particular, we’re looking at continuity or discontinuity of routeways across borders, and thinking about how this relates to economic and political spheres of activity in border regions. With these issues in mind, members of the team carried out fieldwork along a stretch of Offa's Dyke between Knighton and Llanymynech. The team recorded the topological relationships between the dyke, routeways, and other linear features. We examined the nature and location of gateways through the dyke, and recorded the form and aspect of the monument in relation to the principal routes of movement through the border region.
Stuart Brookes, Ellie Rye and John Baker at Gwarthlow, a place-name meaning 'watch hill' (OE weard 'watch, protection' + OE hlāw 'tumulus, hill') . Image © Institute for Name-Studies
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