Skip to comments.Ancient Offa's Dyke ... was built 200 years before King Offa was born
Posted on 04/13/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
It was thought to have built by King Offa in the 8th century as border between England and Wales But even though it has been part of the British landscape for centuries, the ancient Offa's Dyke may have to be renamed, after archaeologists discovered it could have been completed 200 years before the great Anglo Saxon leader was born.
Experts used radiocarbon dating on the 177-mile dyke and revealed it could have been constructed as early as the 4th century...
The group behind the project said it is a 'tremendously exciting discovery' which challenges the accepted history of the ancient dyke.
The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust excavations were carried out on a stretch of the dyke along the Shropshire border near the town of Chirk.
Paul Belford, director of the Archaeological Trust, said: 'It's been known as Offa's Dyke for centuries but some sections may not have been built by Offa...
Today it is a protected monument and The Offa's Dyke Path is one of Britain's longest walks - stretching rom Prestatyn in North Wales down to Chepstow in the South.
The material came from an ancient layer of re-deposited turf underneath the bank suggesting it was laid down as part of the construction process.
Mr Belford said: 'This is the first time we have accurate scientific dates for Offa's Dyke...
But the section of earthwork near Chirk have been carbon dated and revealed a 95 per cent probability it was built between 430 and 652.
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Too funny....Perhaps there’s a double meaning hidden in this story.
Dutch spelling. From when the Dutch conquered the place and planted tulips everywhere!
Ambrosius Aurelianus ping!The reason I looked for information on the dating of Offa's Dyke was that I wondered if anyone had ever scientifically dated it. This occurred to me only because I'd watched program one (of three) on this History Channel dvd about King Arthur.
If I built a computer using a 200 year old steel case, do I have a 200 year old computer?
I typed in the search string “Offa’s Dyke dating”, and I found this which is what I was looking for, but yikes, I’ll never be the same.
Was it spelled tulyps ? Two-lips?
Offal dykes - lol
and from the FRchives:
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Get Offa the dyke
He didn’t build that.
Yeah I thought this another Hillary story.
In 1988, I went through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stopped along the road and proceeded to carve initials and the year 1788 into the rock with my little set of carving tools. The initials were timely. Laughed as I walked to my car.
Yes. And they made everyone wear wooden shoes! Dark days were those...
The Great Wall of China was basically constructed over 2000 years ago — but if you go there today, you won’t see much of anything that is 2000 years old. It’s mostly Ming and about 500 years old.
Never google offal+dyke without safe search
this thread is Offa ;-)
This looks like a rather shallow trail or man made ditch. Did this start out as something quite deep and perhaps filled with water? Otherwise, I’m surprised natural erosion has not smoothed out and reclaimed this dug out fissure in the terrain. Every place else is as smooth as a golf course.
I thought this was a story about Hillary!
I’m not gonna try it. It looks like I might get some, um, esoteric sites...
There are other pics that make the scale of the thing more obvious. It’s longer than Hadrian’s Wall by a few miles. There’s a ten mile long earthwork that antedates the Romans, but called the Roman Ridge, so they didn’t get the idea from the Romans. Speaking of Hadrian’s Wall, I’ll go out on a limb again and say that it was the northern boundary of Aurelius’ kingdom.
Hey, even we can’t get much more mileage out of that one joke. ;’)
To say the least
Stop trying to ruin girl on girl porn!
He’s sippin’ wine on a beach somewhere in Avalon.
I guess the ancient Welsh were homophobic and fled at the first sight of a Dyke.
:’) Maybe, but they rushed in everywhere else.
You mean like saying it was built to protect the Kingdom of Mercia, which their work apparently disproves?
Yeah, I loved how that simpleton kept saying it, and the writer restated it a couple of times in the body of the article.
Of course, we’re dealing with a country that has quite a deep archaeological legacy, and pays to maintain local archaeologists, but they seem to do very little most of the time.
As you know, Tintagel, which figures in the Arthurian myth, was held to be a single, post-”dark age” medieval structure, with one small monastery building.
In the 1980s during a dry spell, the tall dead grass caught fire and burned so thoroughly that it uncovered the ruins of over 200 early medieval buildings that no one had ever noticed were there.
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