Llywarch Hen’s Dyke: place and narrative in early medieval Wales
Seaman, A. 2019. Llywarch Hen’s Dyke: place and narrative in early medieval Wales. Offa's Dyke Journal. 2019 (1), pp. 96-113.
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.
|Journal||Offa's Dyke Journal|
|Journal citation||2019 (1), pp. 96-113|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||03 Jul 2019|
|Accepted||03 Jul 2019|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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