From Druids to Drones (Plymouth Branch)
Wed. 13 November 2019 at 7:30 pm
A talk “From Druids to Drones: a history of Dartmoor archaeology” by Andrew Thompson.
From prehistoric stone rows and roundhouses to 20th-century quarries and firing ranges, Dartmoor is one of Europe’s richest archaeological landscapes. How this landscape and the people who created it have been understood has been determined by questions that archaeologists have asked and the techniques and technology available to them.
This illustrated talk explores the history of archaeological exploration on the moor from the early 19th century to the present. Starting with antiquarians, like Tavistock’s Reverend and Mrs Bray, who saw prehistoric monuments as the sites of the Druids, it traces the pioneering work of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee and the application of modern techniques such as Fleming’s groundbreaking work on reaves and the scientific conservation of artefacts from the Whitehorse Hill cist burial.