The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor

By Phil Newman

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  • Describes Dartmoor's landscape history from 4000 BC to the present
  • Allows a fuller appreciation of this tranquil and beautiful landscape by detailing its cultural past
  • Summarises research fieldwork in an accessible manner

The modern visitor to Devon, travelling west into the region, is greeted by a panorama of the high ground and rocky outcrops of Dartmoor. In a county renowned for its 'rolling hills', Dartmoor's high moors, topped by granite tors, preside over the massive folds of its peripheral valleys, incised by the fast-moving moorland rivers and streams as they flow towards the hinterland.

Dartmoor was designated as one of England's first National Parks in 1951. It is this natural beauty and tranquil, rural landscape that initially attracts visitors, but a fuller appreciation of this landscape is enhanced by knowledge of its cultural past.

Dartmoor is southern England's largest upland tract, often promoted as 'England's last wilderness'. Nevertheless it is a maintained landscape. Its management began with traditional forms of hill farming and woodland management in the Neolithic, and continues to the present day.

The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor describes and narrates Dartmoor's landscape history from 4000 BC to the present, analysing and summarising archaeological and historical studies from the 19th century onwards.




Part One: Prehistoric Dartmoor

1.  From antiquary to landscape archaeologists: the discovery of Dartmoor’s remote past

2.  Mesolithic to Bronze Age

3.  Settlement and land division in the 2nd millennium BC

4.  The Iron Age and Romano-British periods, 800 BC to AD 409

Part Two: The medieval and post-medieval landscape

5.  Early medieval Dartmoor, AD 410–1066

6.  Castles and status around medieval Dartmoor

7.  Medieval farming and settlement on the uplands

8.  The medieval tin industry, 1150–1700

9.  Warreners and improvers in the post-medieval and early-modern periods

Part Three: The industrial and military landscape

10.  Moorstone and granite

11.  Mining for tin, copper and silver-lead

12.  China clay

13. Miscellaneous industries: peat, gunpowder mills, ice works and tramways   

14.  Security and defence in the modern period

15.  Conclusion

Additional Information

  • Series: Archaeology
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 276
  • Illustrations: 224, colour and b&w illustrations
  • Product Code: 51473
  • ISBN: 9781848020337


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