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Monument Number 441304

Hob Uid: 441304
Location :
South Hams
Grid Ref : SX6470060000
Summary : Bullaven Reave - highly doubtful single reave. Probably post-Mediaeval clearance for a new intake.
More information : Centred SX 647600. 'Bullaven reave, an unfinished
single reave, emerges from a wall corner at SX 543598 and runs
north-east to about SX 651604. Much of it consists of detached
lengths and small piles of stone, and at its north-east end it
incorporates two small cairns. If it had continued the reave
would have run to the cairn on the summit of Piles Hill. Its
purpose is obscure, but it may have been intended to subdivide the east side of the Erme Valley.(1)

`Bulllaven Reave' crosses open moorland from circa SX64355985 at circa 278m OD, to SX65036017 at circa 328m OD (a). It starts outside the present field wall in the form of isolated stone heaps and fragmentary rubble walling, 1.9m wide and 0.5m high. Clearance has occurred along its route as it has roughly paralleled Butter Brook. It does not point towards Piles Hill.
The clearance and it parallel route suggest that it may be a post-Mediaeval atempt at constructing a new intake. It does not appear as a reave at its southern end where it is aligned on a field wall. Nothing is visible beyond the southern end of the wall as expected if the wall were on a reave alignment. The poor, and unfinished nature of the feature make any assessment difficult, but it does not appear to be a reave. (2)

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Source Number : 1
Source details : PPS 44 1978 122 (A Fleming)
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Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Field Investigator NJ Attrill, 04-Nov-1982
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Source Number : 2A
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : AP (RAF/CPE/UK/1590, 10-Dec-1946, 1217-8)
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Reave
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Clearance Cairn
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 65 NW 33
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