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Welcome to Wansdyke Project 21, a unique web-based study which focuses on the enigmatic, least-known Dark Ages earthwork, known as Wansdyke. Edited by Robert M. Vermaat, it features narrative histories, original source documents and important texts, extensive bibliographies, reading lists, informative articles by guest writers, maps, polls and more.
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  • Wansdyke - Adam's Grave, AD 592 & AD 715 3 of 5 stars
    This webpage by The Ravens Warband has 3 nice pictures (one spread) and a quote from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle about two battles fought out on or next to Wansdyke.

  • Wansdyke - Anglo-Saxon Charters 4 of 5 stars
    The earliest Anglo-Saxon evidence of Wansdyke lies hidden in the early royal charters, preserved and made accessible for us by the British Academy/Royal Historical Society Joint Committee on Anglo-Saxon Charters.

  • Wansdyke - the Archaeology of Offa's and Wat's Dykes 3 .5of 5 stars
    A good article by Keith Matthews.

  • Wansdyke - Dobunni to Hwicce 3.5 of 5 stars
    Part of a series by Jean Manco about the history of Bath, this excellent article has Wansdyke figuring as a post-Roman, Brittonic defensive barrier.

  • Wansdyke - Lacus Curtius 3.5 of 5 stars
    This webpage, from the immense site run by Bill Thayer, reproduces chapter 10 of
    Roman Roads in Britain by Thomas Codrington published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge London, 1903. Wansdyke figures quite prominently here, in a description of the Roman Road.

  • Wansdyke - A Millenial Quest for Arthur 3.5 of 5 stars
    In January 2001 two undergraduate students left for a month-long research trip across Britain, thus creating this outstanding site for people who wish to learn more about those places associated with King Arthur and the legends attached to them. Wansdyke was but one of the many spots they visited.

  • Wansdyke Panoramic Tour 4.5 of 5 stars
    A brilliant virtual tour along East Wansdyke by Pete and Alison Glastonbury. this tour consists of a series of breathtaking revolving panoramas!

  • Wansdyke - Tan Hill to Knap Hill 3.5 of 5 stars
    A fantastic walk by Adrian Goodall along the top of the Marlborough downs, from West Woods to Tan Hill and beyond. A page from the All Cannings site, with nice pictures.

  • Wansdyke - Watford Gap to Camelot 3.5 of 5 stars
    A very nice site, one of the very few to mention Wansdyke. David "Strum" Craig visits Wansdyke along his journey from Watford Gap to Camelot.

  • Wansdyke - Woden 3.5 of 5 stars
    A very nice page about the background of the name 'Woden', by the 'Anglo-Saxon Heathenism' website.

  • Abbot's Dyke, 1.5 of 5 stars
    CPAT record of this shoert, unknown earthwork called black dyke' or 'abbot's dyke'', first recorded in 1185. Stretches for c 1km. Associated with lands of Strata Marcella abbey.

  • The Antonine Way 4 of 5 stars
    A great guide to this Roman earthwork. Very good website!

  • The Antonine Wall 3 of 5 stars
    The Antonine Wall, begun in AD 142 during the reign of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius, consisted of a turf rampart set on a stone foundation stretching 37 miles across central Scotland. Article by Athena review.

  • Bar Dyke, 2.5 of 5 stars
    Two pictures of this unknon earthwork west of Sheffield on the
    Modern Antiquarian website.

  • Bican Dic/The Bitches' Dyke 4 of 5 stars
    A picture by Pete Glastonbury of Bican Ditch or the Bitches' Dyke, running south from Liddington Castle to Ogbourne St George or possibly even to Mildenhall (Wilts).

  • Black Pig's Dyke, N. Ireland 4 of 5 stars
    This wall to defend Ulster may date back to the time of the Emperor Domitian. Described on maps as the Dane's Cast, the wall is also known as the Dorsey, the Worm Ditch or as the Black Pig's Dyke. BBC page.

  • Black Pig's Dyke, N. Ireland 2.5 of 5 stars
    Excavation information of the Black Pig's Dyke/Worm Ditch linear earthwork.

  • Fleam Dyke and Devil's Ditch, Cambs. 2.5 of 5 stars
    From Samuel Lewis's Topographical Gazetteer - 1831.

  • Fleam Dyke and Devil's Ditch, Cambs. 4 of 5 stars
    From Dr Sam Newton's Wuffings' Website: The Defences of the Wuffing Kingdom with several nice maps and pictures.

  • Fleam Dyke, Cambs. 3 of 5 stars
    From a nice site about Wandlebury.

  • Grey Ditch, Bradwell, Derbyshire (SK173816) 1 of 5 stars
    Broken link, page probably gone, though they forgot a single image...

  • Grims Ditch, Oxon. 3 of 5 stars
    A note in the article Frontier Territory along the Thames by George Limbrick, from Britarch vol. 33, 1998.

  • Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail 5 of 5 stars
    In May 2003 the famed landscape of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site took another step forward in its long and eminent history. As it celebrates its first anniversary as a walking destination, Hadrian's Wall Path, England's newest National Trail, today's legions of walkers experience a rather more peaceful countryside than that of our forebears.

  • Hadrian's Wall Country 3.5 of 5 stars
    Hadrian's Wall Country is a rich and varied corridor featuring some of Britain's most unforgettable scenery and a diverse range of ancient and modern attractions stretching from the east coast to the west coast and ten miles north and south of the Wall.

  • Offa's Dyke and the Offa's Dyke Initiative 3.5 of 5 stars
    English Heritage and Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments have jointly funded the new 'Offa's Dyke Initiative'. This project aims to investigate, promote and conserve this extraordinary survival from our distant past, and in the process to rediscover a part of British heritage which is every bit as important as better known archaeological sites like Stonehenge or Hadrian's Wall.

  • Offa's Dyke 3 of 5 stars
    A very interesting page from the very good 'Castles of Wales' website.

  • Offa's Dyke 3 of 5 stars
    A nice page from the 'Wales Calling' website.

  • Offa's Dyke Association 3.5 of 5 stars
    This is an independent voluntary organisation that provides information and other services to walkers. We seek to promote and protect the 1200-year-old Offa's Dyke and the Offa's Dyke Path, a National Trail 177 miles long. It manages the Offa's Dyke Centre at Knighton and encourages archaeological and historical research relating to Offa's Dyke and the corridor along its length.

  • Offa's Dyke Path 3.5 of 5 stars
    A good website about Offa's Dyke and the long-distance path, which will tell you anything about how to plan a trip or a longer period of travelling along this unique monument.

  • Offa's Dyke Path 3 of 5 stars
    A diary by Phil Andrews with some nice pictures about a walk on Offa's Dyke Path from North to South.

  • Offa's Dyke Path 2.5 of 5 stars
    A diary with many pictures about a walk on Offa's Dyke Path from North to South (but sadly unfinished).

  • Offa's Dyke Path: A Walk Through History 4.5 of 5 stars
    An account of the trail in Wales and England, starting in Chepstow on the Severn Estuary and ending in Prestatyn on the Irish Sea, as walked in July 1997 by Walter Trimble.

  • Offa's Dyke Path: Hiking Wales's Mystery Path 3 of 5 stars
    A nice website about travelling Offa's Dyke Path, with nice pictures and inviting text.

  • Offa's Dyke - Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust 2.5 of 5 stars
    A short page on the history of Offa's Dyke.

  • Wat's Dyke 2.5 of 5 stars
    A site about Wat's Dyke, with not too much information.

  • Wat's Dyke: a New dating 4.5 of 5 stars
    This very good article by Keith Nurse pays attention to the history of Wat's Dyke and its new date, which brings its moment of construction down to the mid-5th Century, close to that of Wansdyke.

  • Wat's Dyke, Pen y Bryn, St Martin's, Shropshire 3.5 of 5 stars
    Short article about the excavation a spot of Wat's Dyke where a piopeline was built through the earthwork.

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