During the pandemic lockdown, I’ve not only been busy with my research, teaching and admin, but also my public outreach via this Archaedeath blog. In addition, I started an Archaeodeath YouTube channel to provide a weekly discussion point on mortuary archaeology and archaeologies of memory. I’ve created separate playlists within this channel on ‘Archaeodeath Debates‘, ‘Field Reports‘ and ‘Publication Reviews‘ and most recently I’ve added and ‘Archaeohacks‘ and ‘Interviews and Conversations‘. These have been interspersed with ‘Archaeodeath Monthly Reviews‘ which survey my blog-posts and videos and reflect on wider-ranging topics of controversy and debate.
A further use of the Archaeodeath YouTube channel has been to provide a repository for my online digital presentations. Indeed, a key rationale for starting the YouTube channel was to provide a platform for the ‘Special Offa: Communities and Offa’s Dyke’ public conference on 4 April 2020 which was combined with a multi-video ‘Trefonen Special Offa Tragical History Tour.’ Beyond that, I’ve also created a channel for my ‘Public Talks and Lectures’, because during the lockdown I have continue to participate in academic conferences and webinars, but also to deliver public presentations via Zoom and other media.
The first of these was a talk to the Chester Society for Landscape History on Monday 28 September. I recorded 2 videos to deliver my presentation and then via YouTube Live I conducted a Q&A .
- Offa’s Dyke – A Watery Perspective Part 1
- Offa’s Dyke – A Watery Perspective Part 2
- Offa’s Dyke – A Watery Perspective Live Q&A
The talk presented my preliminary ideas, currently in preparation for publication, regarding the ‘hydraulics’ of Offa’s Dyke, building off a 2019 talk I presented to the Royal Archaeological Institute in November 2019.
It is a bit brave of me to present before I’ve published, but I value feedback and they help my ideas evolve, so I’ve found this talk and the earlier manifestations of talks on this theme constructive formative exercises for my ideas and arguments.