The Offa’s Dyke South Study Group started with a public meeting in Chepstow Drill Hall on 25 September 2018.
Keith Ray, lead author of ‘Offa’s Dyke, Landscape and Hegemony in Eighth Century Britain’ opened with an account of the OD collaborative and the setting up of other similar local initiatives along the length of the Dyke. He covered the placing of the Dyke along the Mercian/British frontier: and in particular facing the Kingdom of Gwent along the lower Wye; facing Wessex across the Sedbury peninsula; and where it crosses the Roman road above Striguil bridge at Castleford in Tutshill.
Jon Hoyle, Senior Archaeological Project Officer for Gloucestershire, spoke on recent exploration of the Dyke in the county, illustrated with LiDAR images.
Mel Barge of England Heritage covered her role and expertise which we’re sure will be of great help to our Group.
Andrew Blake, Wye Valley AONB Manager, described how his organisation will be able to assist us.
Over a working lunch we drew up a list of people to form our Steering Group, and a further list of those who would like to be involved when the Group is established.
We finished off with an illuminating walk led by Keith along the Dyke at Sedbury.