Liam and I are delighted to announce the fully paginated online publication of Offa’s Dyke Journal volume 3 for 2021.

This open-access academic journal can be explored via this link HERE.

The issue beings with the introductory review ‘Collaboratory through Crises: Researching Linear Monuments in 2021’. This article introduces ODJ by reviewing the contents of volumes 1 and 2, reporting on reviews of those volumes and then outlining the contents of volume 3.

Next, we have a ‘classics revisited’ piece by Professor Paolo Squatriti: ‘Patrons, Landscape, and Potlatch: Early Medieval Linear Earthworks in Britain and Bulgaria’. This is a welcome and still relevant comparative reflection on linear monuments published with the full permission of the original editors and publisher (Peter Lang).

Keith Ray and colleagues next summarise interim results of new fieldwork on Offa’s Dyke in ‘Offa’s Dyke: A Continuing Journey of Discovery’. These results focus on new insights into the placement and composition of the monument, as well as identifying potential new stretches of the monument in Gloucestershire and Flintshire.

Applying Lidar survey, Liam Delaney reveals entirely new stretches of Offa’s Dyke in Herefordshire in ‘Utilising Lidar Survey to Locate and Evaluate Offa’s Dyke’.

GIS analysis is deployed to argue against a primarily military function for Offa’s Dyke in David A. Humphreys’ article ‘Offa’s Dyke in the Landscape: Comparative Size and topographical Disposition as Indicators of Function

Nicky Garland et al. introduce the first year and preliminary results of a new project investigation southern English linear earthworks: ‘Exploring Linear Earthworks across Time and Space – Introducing the ‘Monumentality and Landscape: Linear Earthworks in Britain’ Project’

Howard Williams evaluates Britain’s second-longest early medieval linear earthwork in ‘Rethinking Wat’s Dyke: A Monument’s Flow in a Hydraulic Frontier Zone’

Available on the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory website in Welsh and English, the English version of the ‘What’s Wat’s Dyke?‘ comic by Howard Williams and John Swogger is reproduced in its entirety in ODJ.

Finally, John Swogger and Howard Williams present a critical review of the making of the comic in ‘Drawing the Line: What’s Wat’s Dyke? Practice and Process’.

Despite the many challenges and interruptions of 2021, the editors – myself and Liam Delaney – are delighted to see this published ‘under the wire’ within 2021.

Print versions of the journal are available via Archaeopress.