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The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor [Paperback]

Phil Newman
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30 Jun 2011
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. A brief section describes Dartmoor's geological shape. Then its prehistoric settlement, Romano-British organisation, medieval character and early tin industry are described in turn. Next, Dartmoor's 19th- and 20th-century industrial landscape and heritage (tin, copper, silver-lead and China clay), and how they co-existed with traditional forms of upland farming, are described. Subsidiary industries (peat, gunpowder mills, ice works and tramways) and the moor's use for military training bring the narrative up to the present. A concluding summary assesses Dartmoor's history and ponders its future.


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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: English Heritage (30 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848020333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848020337
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'up-to-date and sumptuously illustrated with colour plates (the air photos are especially notable), survey drawings and historic illustrations.' 'The volume benefits from a wealth of excellent survey and interpretative plans, aerial and groundwork photography from the recent fieldwork programme' 'The wonderful body of newly presented data is bound to excite any reader. The numerous splendid plans and maps...are the really striking features of the book, and are breathtaking in their scope and detail.' 'The volume benefits from a wealth of excellent survey and interpretative plans, aerial and ground photography from the recent fieldwork programme ...' 'The book's parameters appear defined for an audience of the interested public. It will certainly provide a useful, attractive entry point for those wishing to learn more about the clearly artificial features they encounter on their walks on Dartmoor.' -- Dave Hooley Medieval Settlement Research, No. 27 (2012)

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Phil Newman is a former Investigator in the English Heritage Archaeology Survey Team

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best serious guide since Butler 24 April 2013
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This guide is a much needed replacement for Jeremy Butler's five volumes of "Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities" which appear to have become out of print almost as fast as they were published at varying times in the 1990's.

Like Butler, this guide is full of maps and diagrams, including a number of fold out pages, so you don't loose the centre of the map in the gutter of the book. Unlike Butler It is also is full of colour photos throughout the text, of a good quality.

Butler sorts everything by place, but this guide is arranged in three parts, Prehistoric, Medieval and Industrial & Military. This chronological approach is generally more satisfactory, and the scope of the book is wider than the Butler books. Phil Newman is to be congratulated on a first rate book, and English Heritage who published it have produced a quality product in a large format.
The book is in a size which approximates to A4 but is rather less narrow, which is to be preferred on a book rich in illustrations.

Rather bizarrely, there is a two page Summary at the beginning of the book repeated in French and German. Perhaps this relates to some academic or EU need I am unaware of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 8 Jan 2012
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This book gives a great overview of the visible remains on Dartmoor. It is written with a great feeling for the Moor and contains a great list of further reading to enable the reader to get into a subject in more detail than a book like this is capable of doing. Supported with a great selection of photographs, maps and plans this book is well produced and thought out. Would highly recommend.
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