Dating in the dark britain

26 Dec

As I have said, there is no reason to believe that the fifth- or sixth-century 'Anglo-Saxons' built hill-forts, and the only linear earthworks even arguably convincingly dated to this period in the 'Anglo-Saxon' areas of the east are the East Anglian dykes.If these are 'Anglo-Saxon', not British, and date from the relevant period, presumably they show the local adoption of a British tradition of earthwork construction.KD: I still think that Wansdyke is most likely to date from the 5th or 6th century, but my reason for believing this has never had anything at all to do with Gildas or Higham.Rather it is because Wansdyke overlies sealed Romano-British material giving it a terminus post quem but has a pagan place-name rendering a date after the seventh century extremely unlikely.Studies (VS): Many would regard you as one of the foremost scholars in the field of sub-Roman Britain archaeology.Could you tell us how an archaeologist approaches the period of sub-Roman Britain differently from a historian? Ken Dark (KD): The key difference between archaeology and history is that an archaeologist attempts to reconstruct the past using its material remains, whereas a historian uses texts for this purpose.He is Chair of the Late Antiquity Research Group, holds honorary professorships from European and American universities, and is the author of numerous publications, including Britain and the End of the Roman Empire, Civitas to Kingdom, Theoretical Archaeology and The Landscape of Roman Britain.

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Moreover, Wansdyke separates British sites(such as Cadcong [the hillfort of Cadbury-Congresbury, red.]) to its South which have imported Mediterranean pottery from those to the North (such as Crickley Hill) which lack this pottery.

If this is a meaningful distribution (and not the product of modern discovery-patterns) then the boundary - if not the dyke itself - must have been in place by the sixth century at latest.

Would you consider Wat's Dyke a northern frontier for the sub-Roman kingdom of Powys?

S: Do you think that your identification of Wansdyke as the southern border of the emerging Dobunnic (sub-) kingdom still valid?