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Dartmoor's Alluring Uplands

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Dartmoor's Alluring Uplands - Transhumance and Pastoral Management in the Middle Ages

A striking and famous feature of the English landscape, Dartmoor is a beautiful place, with a sense of wildness and mystery. This book provides and new perspective on an important aspect if Dartmoor's past. Its focus is transhumance: the seasonal transfer of grazing animals to different pastures.
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In the Middle Ages, intensive practical use made of Dartmoor's resources. its extensive moorlands provided summer pasture for thousands of cattle from the Devon lowlands, which flowed in a seasonal tide, up in the spring and down in the autumn.
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This book describes, for the first time, the social organisation and farming practices associated with this annual transfer of livestock. It also presents evidence for a previously unsuspected Anglo-Saxon pattern of transhumance in which lowland farmers spent the summers living with their cattle on the moor.
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Author Harold Fox, 291 pages