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Wat's Dyke: Section north west of Clawdd Offa

A Scheduled Monument in Penyffordd (Pen-y-ffordd), Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1383 / 53°8'17"N

Longitude: -3.0498 / 3°2'59"W

OS Eastings: 329869

OS Northings: 360641

OS Grid: SJ298606

Mapcode National: GBR 73.69PG

Mapcode Global: WH88K.3CZY

Entry Name: Wat's Dyke: Section NW of Clawdd Offa

Scheduled Date: 18 August 1949

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 412

Cadw Legacy ID: FL090

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Linear earthwork

Period: Early Medieval

County: Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)

Community: Penyffordd (Pen-y-ffordd)

Built-Up Area: Penyffordd

Traditional County: Flintshire

Description

The monument consists of the remains of a length of Offa’s Dyke, a presumed 8th century AD defensive bank and ditch. It consists of a stretch of bank, with a ditch on the western side. A counterscarp (raised bank) may be visible on the west side of the ditch in places.

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. A dyke may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be further enhanced by their group value.

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

Source: Cadw

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