I’m pleased to announce my second co-authored publication in the open-access academic publication exploring frontiers and borderlands and their linear monuments: Offa’s Dyke Journal volume 3 for 2021.

Published alongside the What’s Wat’s Dyke? comic in the Offa’s Dyke Journal (see my earlier post), archaeological illustrator John G. Swogger and myself have co-authored a peer-reviewed research article, now published in the same venue. Titled ‘Drawing the Line: What’s Wat’s Dyke? Practice and Process’, the article is a rare instance of a critical reflection on the practice and process involved in the creation of a heritage comic.

John’s draft idea for one of the comic panels.

John and I have been working creatively on a map and 10-panel comic to engage visitors and local people in the functions, significance, monumental biography and landscape context of Britain’s third-longest ancient monument: Wat’s Dyke. The rationale and context for this were published as a chapter in the edited book Public Archaeologies of Frontiers and Borderlands in 2020. This new article reveals the next stage of the project, discussing how we adapted the initial plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and our evolving ideas from draft ideas to final product.

As well as published in the Offa’s Dyke Journal the comic was launched to coincide with the CBA’s Festival of Archaeology and it is available on the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory website as map-linked panels and as a pdf. We launched and discussed the comic in a YouTube video.

Read the article HERE.

John’s participation, and other costs associated with the project, were funded by the University of Chester and the Offa’s Dyke Association.