Walking Through the Past: Dartmoor

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Learn a bit more about Dartmoor

Dartmoor is a region of high moorland. It contains some pockets of primaeval oak woodland. The majority of walks on Dartmoor visit its most most famous features, the granite tors. The highest is High Willhays at 621m, though many would quote Yes Tor at 619m as it is more prominent.

The Neolithic activity appears to have been restricted to the edges of the moor. There are many stone circles and a few long cairns.
Dartmoor plays host to vast areas of unspoilt Bronze Age settlements and farms. These range from clusters of huts surrounded by boundary walls and fields to pounds with major stone ramparts. There are numerous stone alignments and circles and hundreds of cairns of all sizes. The longest stone row in the world is on south Dartmoor.
Towards the end of the Bronze Age hillforts began to be built round the edges of the moor. A few Iron Age settlements can be found. The Romans appear to have left the area alone, apart from a few mining operations.
The moor was reclaimed by farmers during the Mediaeval period. There are several warrens containing scores of pillow mounds. Miners spread across the area looking for tin. A Stannary parliament sprung up to govern the tin miners. The Black Death had an impact on miners and farmers, leaving several deserted villages.

You can read more about about Dartmoor at:
Wikipedia
Dartmoor National Park Archaeology
Devon Archaeological Society

Local Weather for Dartmoor

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