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Transhumance and Smart Longhouses on Dartmoor (Buildings Section)

Thu. 17 June 2021 at 2:00 pm


Open to all – to be held by Zoom video conferencing.

John Thorp, buildings archaeologist, will give a talk on one of Devon’s most quintessential building forms “Transhumance and Smart Longhouses on Dartmoor”.

The late medieval Dartmoor longhouse is a remarkable phenomenon. Nowhere in Great Britain or anywhere else in Europe was the form developed so far above subsistence peasant level. This online talk will attempt to explain the coincidence of peculiar and unique circumstances which produced a superior type of longhouse, which still survive in numbers as a defining architectural feature of the wider Dartmoor landscape.

Sanders, Lettaford. Photo © John Thorp.

Important notes

To join this meeting, please contact the Organiser (details below) before Monday 14 June. You will in due course be sent instructions on how to log in etc. Please don’t worry if you are not familiar with the Zoom software. It is quite straightforward to use and does not involve any expense. There is also the ability to join the meeting by phone. You will be able to log in a few minutes before the start of the lecture.

If you would like to make a donation for this talk (either before or after the event) please click the yellow button below. All donations are handled via PayPal. Credit cards and debit cards are accepted even if you don’t have a PayPal account.


Thu. 17 June 2021
2:00 pm
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Buildings Section (Timothy Joy)


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