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.

Ceremonial Monuments

In the later part of the NEOLITHIC period and early part of the BRONZE AGE (2,300 – 700 BC) people built a variety of ceremonial monuments on the moor, such as stone rows and circles, and buried their dead under stone mounds or cairns.

Dartmoor Gains National Park Status

Appreciating Dartmoor

The Industrial Revolution and Victorian Britain

New Developments

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.

The High to Late Middle Ages

Wealth from the land - Farming and agriculture

The Early Modern Era

Wealth from the land - The Development of Industry

Saxon (1,400 to 900 years ago)

New influences

Bronze Age (4,500 to 2,700 years ago)

A farmed landscape is created on the high moor.

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

Roaming the landscape - the earliest human impact

Neolithic (6,000 to 4,500 years ago)

Although few visible remains can be dated to before 2300 BC, there has been human activity on Dartmoor for much longer.

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