Dartmoor - The Human Timeline

Welcome to the Dartmoor Human Timeline, covering life on Dartmoor from the Mesolithic period 10,000 years ago, to when Dartmoor was designated a National Park.

0600-08-01 00:00:00

Saxon (1,400 to 900 years ago)

New influences

0700 BC-07-01 00:00:00

Iron Age (2,700 to 1,950 years ago)

Towards the end of the Bronze Age, economic, social and climatic changes forced most of the population to withdraw from the higher ground down to the edges of the moor.

10000 BC-08-05 00:00:00

Mesolithic (12,000 to 6,000 years ago)

Roaming the landscape - the earliest human impact

1066-08-03 00:00:00

The High to Late Middle Ages

Wealth from the land - Farming and agriculture

1500-08-03 00:00:00

The Early Modern Era

Wealth from the land - The Development of Industry

1700 BC-08-04 00:00:00

Bronze Age huts, or roundhouses

By the middle of the Bronze Age, most of the trees had been cleared from high Dartmoor and the land had become farmland.

1789-05-01 00:00:00

Rise of Tourism

William Wordsworth in his Guide to the Lakes stated that the Lake District should be "...a sort of national property in which every man has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy."

1800-08-03 00:00:00

The Industrial Revolution and Victorian Britain

New Developments

1900-08-03 00:00:00

Housing

Housing in the first half of the twentieth century was very basic compared with today.

1951-10-22 00:00:00

Dartmoor Gains National Park Status

Appreciating Dartmoor

Dartmoor - The Human Timeline

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