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Offa's Dyke evidence suggests earlier build

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Samples from Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust excavations on a stretch of the dyke have been radiocarbon dated to the second half of the 6th Century.

Historians have always associated the dyke with King Offa who ruled the kingdom of Mercia in the 8th Century.

But now archaeologists believe it might have been in use before he ruled.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...-wales-26921202

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If there's no firm archaeological data stating that it was built during King Offa's reign, I wonder what initially gave them that idea.

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Part of Offas dyke runs through my back garden!

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If there's no firm archaeological data stating that it was built during King Offa's reign, I wonder what initially gave them that idea.

A Welsh monk by the name of Asser, who lived in the late 9th and early 10th century, credited Offa with being responsible for ordering the construction of the dyke. However, he was writing about a century after Offa, around the time that Mercia was largely conquered by the Vikings (with the rest taken over by Wessex), so his information can't be considered completely reliable.

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Oh yes I remember reading about Asser. lol

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