Shaped by human hands

Dartmoor may look like a natural, wild place but, if you look more closely, you can see traces of past lives etched into the land itself. People have been using the moor for over 10,000 years, and you can see the signs of those who have settled here, farmed the land, and dug for resources such as tin, iron, silver and granite, if you look closely.

Looking for the clues

Moor than meets the eye has helped archaeologists, volunteers and local communities to work together to explore Dartmoor's rich heritage through archaeological excavations, research and community projects.


Discover more of the Dartmoor Story

Dig deeper into the story to find out more about how our ancestors shaped the landscape around us

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Bronze Age Farmers

Go back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age and the first farmers, to see how they changed Dartmoor forever

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Moor Medieval

Look at life on the moor 800 years ago and discover a medieval longhouse

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In the footsteps of the Victorians

Follow in the footsteps of the Victorians and see how artists changed perceptions of the moor, and how the coming of the railways brought tourists to the moor

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Lost Industrial Landscapes

Discover the lost industrial landscapes of Dartmoor to see how tin has shaped the moor

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