The Bronze Age in the UK is the period of time covering the period 2600-700BC. The Bronze Age follows on from the Neolithic period and is then followed by the Iron Age.
Dartmoor is littered with curiosties from the Bronze Age. Stone Rows, Stone Circles, Settlements (Hut Circles and Enclosures), Burial Cairns and Kistvaens (Cists), Standing Stones (Menhirs). Many of them are still in very good order, considering their age. As can be seen from the map, where there is one Bronze Age feature there are sure to be many others. This tells us that they lived as communities and were organised and talented enough to find time and resource to build some very impressive structures. No doubt they were farmers as well as hunters. This is demonstrated with the building of enclosures for their animals and some quite intricate field systems.
Here we identify many of these artifacts on Dartmoor as possible and provides some explanation as to their purpose. Due to the lack of recorded scripts, there still remains some mystery as to the purpose of some of the Bronze Age structures however archiological research has uncovered many feasible explanations which will be provided here, when known.
Bronze Age Dartmoor map
Bronze Age periods explained
The bronze age follows on from the Neolithic Age aka stone age. The Neolithic Age within the British Isles refers to the period of time spanning circa 4000 to 2500 BC. The Bronze Age, circa 2700 to 700 BC is then succeeded by the Iron Age, from 800 BC to 43 DC. Variations in these periods vary according to the locations across Europe.
The Bronze Age can be further subdivided into three sub-periods: early (2600 BC – 1600 BC), middle (1600 BC – 1200 BC) and late (1200 BC – 700 BC).