Interpreting Dartmoor's Prehistoric Archaeology

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
1:00pm-2:00pm | Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
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From Cromlechs to Conservation: Perceptions and Interpretations of Dartmoor’s Prehistoric Archaeology from the 19th to 21st Centuries. The area that today forms Dartmoor National Park hosts some of the finest and most important assemblages of prehistoric archaeology in Europe, including extensive agricultural landscapes, thousands of surviving settlements and hundreds of enigmatic ritual monuments. Interpretation of these features has been influenced by a bewildering host of factors, especially over the last two centuries, including Classical scholarship, artistic movements, contemporary religion, scientific developments and varying flavours of modern archaeological theory.Through this talk, Dr. Lee Bray, Dartmoor National Park Archaeologist, will trace the outline of these developments, each of which has contributed to our 21st century ideas concerning Dartmoor’s deep past.