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Over 30,000 flint artifacts have been turned up by ploughing, notably at Gidleigh Common and East Week.

These early "settlers" probably lived in temporary huts made in scooped-out depressions in the ground covered by branches and turves of sod. These burials were often made in rough stone sarcophagi (like the sarcophagi of Egyptian mummies) interred in barrows like those at Fernworthy, Watern Down, and Lakehead Hill.

Traditionally, fishing (particularly of pilchards) and agriculture (notably dairy products and vegetables) were the other important sectors of the economy.

It continued to be occupied by Neolithic and then Bronze Age peoples, and later (in the Iron Age) by Brythons with distinctive cultural relations to neighbouring Wales and Brittany.

It is part of South West England, bounded by Cornwall to the west, Somerset to the northeast, and Dorset to the east.

The City of Exeter is the county town; seven other districts of East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, and West Devon are under the jurisdiction of Devon County Council; Plymouth and Torbay are each a part of Devon but administered as unitary authorities. Devon derives its name from Dumnonia, which, during the British Iron Age, Roman Britain, and Early Medieval was the homeland of the Dumnonii Brittonic Celts.

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