Archaeology on Dartmoor

Dartmoor’s archaeological heritage is quite outstanding in terms of the quantity and the quality of the archaeological remains which can be found all over the Moor.

These remains are astonishing evidence for the way in which, over the last six thousand years, people have lived, worked, defined and divided the moorland; quarried, mined and exploited its natural resources; practised their beliefs and buried their dead over many millennia.

The survival of this wealth of archaeology is due in part to the robust nature of granite used for their construction.

A Guide to the Archaeology of Dartmoor booklet is available from the High Moorland Visitor Centre.

There are over 1,200 scheduled sites on Dartmoor, these are sites, often privately owned, which because of their national importance are protected by law. Any proposal of work or other activities which will affect them requires prior permission from English Heritage.

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