The Tolmen Stone – one of my favourite ‘Dartefacts’.

Hundreds of books have been published on the various types of items that can be found on the Dartmoor moors; tors, granite crosses, bound stones, prehistoric sites etc. However, many of these books are out of print, difficult to find, expensive to purchase, out of date with later findings or so old that they don’t utilise Ordnance Survey/ GPS location data etc. There is also a wealth of data available online on websites, blogs, Facebook, Flickr etc. etc. that is not being efficiently collated and shared. These items can be hard to find – not just because they can be small, barely inscribed rocks hidden under prickly gorse – but because the information as to their whereabouts is not easy to gather. GPS has made finding items easier but I realised there was no single ‘publication’ where ALL items of interest could be listed, together with their GPS/ Ordnance Survey National Grid Reference locations.

Crazy Well Pool.. where Dartefacts started..

It was one sunny, Sunday afternoon, as I was walking down from Crazy Well Pool that I had a crazy idea. It suddenly dawned on me that a list of a few items to visit on a tatty piece of paper and a few indelible marks on my map could be given a 21st Century digital makeover and shared with others online:

Dartmoor’s Artefacts – or “Dartefacts”, as I quickly shortened it to, was born!

A ‘Dartefact’, or ‘Dartmoor Artefact’, is defined by this website as; ‘an object, site or feature found on Dartmoor, typically of cultural, historical or geological interest’.

Dartmoor is rich in these ‘points of interest’ and Dartefacts (the website) seeks to efficiently communicate and share this aspect of the moorland.

Happy ‘Dartefacting’, fellow ‘Dartefacters’!!

Rob Naylor (username: ‘dartefact’).


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