The linear earthworks of Cornwall: what if they were early medieval?

Grigg, E. (2023) The linear earthworks of Cornwall: what if they were early medieval? Offa's Dyke Journal, 5. pp. 119-139. ISSN 2695-625X

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This article examines various linear earthworks in Cornwall that may date to the early medieval period. The dating evidence for the earthworks is discussed. While incontrovertible evidence for when they were built is lacking, the article asks how they might fit into the early medieval period if that is when most or all of them were built. The article postulates that they may have provided refuges against raiding, probably from the kingdom of Wessex in the eighth and ninth century, so allowing the Cornish to preserve their distinctive identity and language until the modern era (Padel 2017).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by the University of Chester in 2023. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA License. (
Keywords: Cornwall, dykes, warfare, dating, identity
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Erik Grigg
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2023 08:28
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2023 08:28

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