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Offa's Dyke: Section from Whitton-Presteigne Road to River Lugg

A Scheduled Monument in Whitton (Llanddewi yn Hwytyn), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.2838 / 52°17'1"N

Longitude: -3.0644 / 3°3'51"W

OS Eastings: 327484

OS Northings: 265601

OS Grid: SO274656

Mapcode National: GBR B3.YB6W

Mapcode Global: VH76V.TVTN

Entry Name: Offa's Dyke: Section from Whitton-Presteigne Road to River Lugg

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 744

Cadw Legacy ID: RD021

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Linear earthwork

Period: Early Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Whitton (Llanddewi yn Hwytyn)

Traditional County: Radnorshire

Description

The monument consists of a linear earthwork, a substantial bank and ditch forming a major boundary between two adjacent landholdings. Most date from the late Bronze Age and Iron Age. Offa's Dyke, however, is known to date to the later 1st century AD. It runs roughly along the border between modern England and Wales. It is traditionally thought to have been built by the Mercian King Offa in the later 8th century, but recent excavations on a section near Chirk suggest that work may have begun at least two centuries earlier than this. The remains in this stretch consist of a short section c.30m long which stands to a maximum height of c.2.5m and is c.3m wide.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of early medieval defensive organisation and settlement. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The remains form part of the record of the line of the earthwork, and their importance is further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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