Grimspound is an archaeological place in England and is located in Devon in the Dartmoor National Park on a farm on the hill " Hookney Gate" near the village of Widecombe -in-the -Moor.


The name Grim goes back to the Anglo-Saxons. He is synonymous with the pagan god Odin. See also Grimsby, Grim's Dyke (for the Antonine Wall ), Grim's Ditch an earthwork, Grims Lake Mire ( a stone box in the Grims lake mud ), Grimsbury place in Oxfordshire, Grimsthorpe Castle ( Grims village), Grimsay island of the Hebrides, Graemsay island of Orkney Grimes Graves flint mines, Grimsetter ( Grims seat) of Orkney and Shetland, Grimshader ( Grims seat) on Lewis and Harris, as well as several places called Grimston. Grim's Grave is a Bronze Age stone box (also kistvaen ) in Dartmoor. When the Reverend Richard Polwhele topographer named the place, he thus implicitly the context to a place of worship ago, called him however place of jurisdiction, so Thingplace.

Grimspound dates from the Bronze Age, about 1300-1000 BC, and consists of a circular area of about four hectares, which is surrounded by a 2.8 m wide and 1.5 m high dry wall. It originally consisted of two, at a distance of about one meter set walls that were together about 3.5 m wide. Inside, the foundations of 24 round huts are about 3.4 m in diameter. The wall is interrupted at one point by a passage well-preserved and paved. There are few signs of human activity. The artifacts consist of zerscherbter ceramics and scrapers.

It is generally agreed that the wall was not enough for military purposes. As a creek at the edge of the circle passing through the area, which also unconfirmed idea has been developed by a cattle kraal. There are about 20 such Umwallungen, called Dartmoor pounds.