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Llywarch Hen’s Dyke: Place and narrative in Early Medieval Wales

Seaman, Andy ORCID: 2019. Llywarch Hen’s Dyke: Place and narrative in Early Medieval Wales. Offa’s Dyke Journal 2019 (1) , pp. 96-113. 10.23914/odj.v1i0.252

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Dykes must have been important features within the early medieval landscape, but scarcely attract more than cursory discussion in archaeological literature focused on Wales and western Britain. Analysis of a dyke recorded in a boundary clause attached to an eighth century charter in the Book of Llandaff demonstrates how a multidisciplinary approach can garner new insights into the function and significance of dykes in the early medieval landscape. Llywarch Hen’s Dyke defined a large part of the bounds of Llan-gors, a royal estate in the kingdom of Brycheiniog. On the ground the dyke is represent by a prominent agricultural land boundary, but the monument also operated as a ‘mnemonic peg’ through which oral traditions associated with power and place were narrated.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 April 2022
Date of Acceptance: 1 February 2019
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 08:26

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