What was the relationship between early medieval linear earthworks and water? On 13 November, I had the privilege of presenting some preliminary ideas regarding the fluid dimensions of Offa’s Dyke and Wat’s Dyke in comparative terms. This was an opportunity to also promote the work of my doctoral researcher Liam Delaney, as well as the broader endeavours of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory. I presented on ‘Hydraulic Borders? The Ebb and Flow of Wat’s Dyke and Offa’s Dyke, expanding on the presentation I had delivered at the Offa’s Dyke Centre, Knighton, in the spring. You can watch the video via this link. I hope to be able to write up a more detailed version of this paper during 2020. It is very much inspired by Matt Edgeworth’s 2011 book on Fluid Pasts: An Archaeology of Flow.
This was the last of 19 talks I’ve given at conferences, workshops and to local societies and groups during 2019, perhaps my most prolific year for public engagement to date! In this context, what more fitting way than to round off the 50th anniversary year of the Offa’s Dyke Association! To celebrate that, here’s me posing with my 50th anniversary ODA mug acquired from the Offa’s Dyke Centre.