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Wessex is significant to the research of early medieval English background; it used to be the dynasty which created the dominion of britain. This quantity makes use of archaeological and place-name proof to give an authoritative account of the main major of the English Kingdoms.

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61. For the latter, see Ch. 2, 61-4. 62. Burrow, Hillfort settlement, 80-4. 63. See below, 30. 64. Costen, Origins of Somerset, 71-3. Period of transition 23 8. Selwood and the major dykes of sub-Roman Wessex in relation to Roman roads and major settlements and later shire boundaries (for further details of Bokerley dyke see fig. 23) reoccupation, but then it has not had the advantage of a systematic survey like that carried out by Ian Burrow in Somerset. However, excavations have suggested that Bokerley Dyke on the easterly edge of Cranborne Chase was built in the post-Roman period when it would have controlled access to the Dorchester area along the Roman road of Akling Dyke and perhaps operated with other stretches of Dyke in its vicinity (fig.

G. Burrow, Hillfort and Hill-Top Settlement in Somerset in the First to Eighth Centuries AD, BAR, 91 (1981), 172-84; for Glastonbury Tor which has sometimes been viewed alongside the reoccupied hill-forts, but see Chapter 4, 163-4. 58. S 238/B 121; M. Costen, The Origins of Somerset (1992), 61-5. 59. Alcock, 'New perspectives', 153-67. 60. A. and C. J. Higham, 'Gildas, Roman walls and British dykes', Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies, 22 (1991), 1-14. 61. For the latter, see Ch. 2, 61-4. 62. Burrow, Hillfort settlement, 80-4.

Myres, The English Settlements (1986), 159-60. 32. M. Gelling, 'A chronology for English place-names', in Anglo-Saxon Settlements, ed. D. Hooke (1988), 59-76 (at pp. 60-1); T. and A. Burkitt, 'The frontier zone and the siege of Mount Badon: a review of the evidence for their location', PSANHS, 134 (1990), 81-93. 33. Gildas, Ruin of Britain, Ch. 22-3; Thompson, 'Gildas', 215-18, and Dumville 'Chronology', 70-2. In Bede's Ecclesiastical History, I, 15, Gildas's words are taken to apply to the settlement of Kent by Hengist and Horsa.

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