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ABERFORD DYKES

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Earthworks for which both Iron Age and early Mediaeval origins have been proposed. It has been suggested that they were constructed by the Northumbrians to resist the Mercian advance at the time of the Battle of Winwaed (655 AD).

South Dyke, facing north, has been considered to be the early 7th century forward defence line of the Kingdom of Elmet and could be related to the east facing Rudgate Dyke near Tadcaster. The Rein, which appears to cut South Dyke, may have been later, although it has been suggested that this earthwork is of the same type as the East Riding Iron Age boundary dykes which have no military function.

A section of this feature is visible as cropmarks between SE 4447 3821 and SE 4395 3803.

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