Despite the pandemic lockdown, progress has been steady in the production of volume 2 of the Offa’s Dyke Journal. Funded by the University of Chester and the Offa’s Dyke Association, facilitated by the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory, this peer-reviewed open-access academic journal seeks to promote fresh research on the study of frontiers and borderlands, past and present.

You can access volume 2 here. Following the ‘classics revisited’ publication of Tim Malim’s review of the evidence for Grim’s Ditch and Wansdyke, and Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthew’s critique of the pseudoarchaeologies of Offa’s Dyke, we have a further ‘classics revisited’ paper published in volume 2 of the Journal. 

The third article is simply called ‘Offa’s and Wat’s Dykes’ and it was originally published in 1991 in a book co-edited by John Manley, Stephen Grenter and Fiona Gale called The Archaeology of Clwyd. The new article has been edited for style and clarity and is accompanied by redrawn maps and updated versions of some of the other selected original images. Here’s the abstract:

David Hill and Margaret Worthington Hill’s Offa’s Dyke Project made a sustained contribution to the study of both Wat’s Dyke and Offa’s Dyke. To celebrate and reflect on this legacy, we have secured permission to reproduce David Hill’s 1991 book chapter ‘Offa’s and Wat’s Dykes’ in the Offa’s Dyke Journal. The article has been edited for style and includes a new introduction, re-drawn maps, the original section drawings, plus one of the original photographs. Citations have been added to key works available at the time of Hill’s writing. Further citations have been added to help readers link Hill’s arguments to more recent publications. Published electronically for the first time, we hope Hill’s work reaches new audiences and re-energises the enthusiasm and efforts of enthusiasts, students and specialists alike in Britain’s longest early medieval linear earthworks.

In coming months, further articles will be added to volume 2, and the paginated compilation will be posted online and available to purchase via Archaeopress.

If you’d like to get hold of volume 1 in print, follow this link.