The Uplands

The Archaeology of Industry on Dartmoor from Medieval Times to the 20th Century

We have just had news from the Devon Archaeological Society of a Winter lecture course that may be of special interest to members. 


Tutor:  Dr Tom Greeves

Plymouth Athenaeum: Friday mornings, 10.15 – 12.15, starting January 9th.


Dartmoor is renowned internationally for its remarkable field archaeology. Its resources of stone, metallic minerals (tin, copper, iron, lead), china clay, charcoal, peat and water have been ‘exploited’ for hundreds of years, and all have left a rich archaeological legacy. This course will explore what evidence survives. Topics will include Stonecutting and Quarrying; Tin-working to 1750; Peat and Charcoal; China clay; Tin-working after 1750; Miscellaneous (Powder Mills, Iceworks etc.).

Students will learn to recognise essential elements, within an historical context, and the field trips will provide an opportunity to test and refine skills acquired .

The course will consist of six 2-hour lecture sessions, each with a tea/coffee break in the middle and plenty of opportunity for discussion, plus 2 fieldtrips. There will be no essays to write, nor exams to take, but students will be encouraged to read around the subject. 

For full details please see the DAS website 

"Now you see them ........."

At nearly 5km and removing up to 36 poles, the Walkhampton scheme is the largest to be undertaken in the South West region by Western Power Distribution. The old overhead line was readily visible from the B3212 Princetown to Yelverton Road, strung across Walkhampton Common from Devil's Elbow to just above Horseyeatt at Peek Hill. The works to provide the new underground supply were mainly undertaken on the highway to minimise the impact on the sensitive moorland landscape, its archaeology, wildlife and livestock.

walkhamptonpoles-1-beforeWalkhampton Common before the electricity poles were removed.


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Your Views about Dartmoor ?

A new online survey seeks the views of resident and visitors about how they view Dartmoor and what could be done to broaden opportunities for the area. 

Resources for Change have been asked to undertake work on behalf of the Dartmoor National Park, who lead on the development of the Moor than meets the eye project which has been funded by the Heritage lottery Fund (HLF). The landscape area of Moor than meets the eye is the Eastern Part of Dartmoor around Widecombe.

With money from Heritage Lottery Fund the aim is:

  • to conserve the unique historic landscape and its natural habitats which tell the story of human influence over thousands of years
  • to significantly enhance physical and intellectual access to the heritage landscape for everyone to enjoy.
  • to develop new ways to increase community involvement and understanding of the historic and natural landscape and improve the ability of local people to share, celebrate and enjoy their local landscape
  • to sustain a living and working landscape by encouraging and facilitating business opportunities that capture the value of the landscape
  • to develop a well trained and co-ordinated volunteer workforce for the area to help conserve and interpret the area’s heritage both now and in future years
  • We would like your thoughts and ideas on how you use the area, whether opportunities for people can be broadened and how this could be achieved. It would help the development of the project considerably if you would take a few minutes to complete the on-line questionnaire by clicking on this link:

In commenting on the survey Resources for Change have said 

"The results, (which will not be attributed to individuals) will be used to help design an exciting next phase for the Moor than meets the eye project and hopefully secure more lottery funding for this fascinating landscape."

Moor than Meets the Eye has provoked a lively debate among local interest groups and this is influencing the nature and scope of the projects which will be undertaken as part of the scheme. If you have views about how the scheme should be implemented you should have a look at the survey.


Exmoor Society visits Dartmoor

tn-Exmoor-Soc-at-Weir-on-Devonport-Leat-2012-05-23-02Members of the Exmoor Society were made extremely welcome by the DPA on the occasion of the societies’ third joint walk on Saturday 19th May. Derek and Bob were knowledgeable and informative guides, while Val was (just like last year) most considerate to those among us who do not manage hills and rough ground as well as our Dartmoor hosts! And everyone else was just so friendly.

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Visit to the Dartmoor Mires Project


On Tuesday 12th June there will be another chance to visit the Mires Project to learn about the latest developments. Frances Cooper from DNPA will lead the trip and it is hoped that scitentists from Exeter University will be in attendance to explain some of the technicalities of the project.

Read more: Visit to the Dartmoor Mires Project


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