Bokerley Dyke ia a Romano-British defensive ditch in north east Dorset, England, near the village Pentridge. The ditch ran for several miles, cutting across the Roman Road between Old Sarum and Badbury Rings on the Cranborne Chase ridgeway. Dated to 367CE and was constructed to keep the Saxon invaders out of Dorset. The dyke is thought to have been succesfull, allowing the Romano-British people to survive in Dorset for almost 200 years after the Roman occupation officially ended.
When Bokerley Dyke fell in the second half of the 6th century the defensive line moved back to Combs Ditch, 30 miles south-west, but this fell soon afterwards and the Saxons moved on to Dorchester.
Bokerley Dyke is continuous with Grim's Ditch which runs into Hampshire.
Images of Dorset: Pentridge (http://www.imagesofdorset.org.uk/Dorset/104/intro.htm)
Taylor, Christopher, 1970. The Making of the Dorset Landscape. London: Hodder & Stoughton.
Categories: Dorset | Archaeological sites in Britain
The construction of the dykes does show there was a vast amount of labour available (which goes against the theory of a mass depopulation in the immediate aftermath of the fall of Roman Britain as expounded by historians like Dark).
Many of these dykes have been categorised in the past as the border between Celtic/British kingdom A on one side and Anglo-Saxon kingdom B on the other, but this may be overly simplistic.
Bowen, H.C. (1990) 'The archaeology of BokerleyDyke'
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