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HER Number:MDV103648
Name:Large field system centred on Halshanger Common

Summary

Vast prehistoric field system covering Blackslade Down, Pudsham Down, Buckland Common, Halshanger Common, Montsland Common, Horridge Common and part of Bagtor Down and consisting of a complex reave system with interspersed hut circle settlements, enclosures and cairns. Patches of medieval ridge and furrow occur within the reave system.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 746 749
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Civil ParishBuckland in the Moor
Civil ParishIlsington
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

In certain places, this field system is most clear on the Royal Air Force aerial photographs. Map object based on this source.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, Maps 5, 6, 9, 10 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Butler depicts this extensive field system over a number of his maps.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Map object based on this source.


Newman, P., 2013, An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon, 8 (Report - Assessment). SDV356396.

Patches of medieval cultivation ridges (ridge and furrow) exist within the reave system, often following a similar axis to the reaves. These earthworks are very slight and not particularly noticeable on the ground but are more visible on the RAF 1940s aerial photographs and some modern satellite photos. The main concentration of the remains is at SX7432 7451. Another patch can also be found within one of the small prehistoric enclosures at SX74567455


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

The majority of the remains of this field system can be seen on the open land and the boundary of the Commons has in places been used as the current known extent of this feature. Map object based on this source.


English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

Coaxial fields, prehistoric settlements and cairns on Halshanger and Horridge Commons, forming part of the Rippon Tor coaxial field system.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Parallel reave system
Rippon Tor parallel reave system, covering Blackslade Down, Pudsham Down, Buckland Common, Halshanger Common, Mountsland Common, Horridge Common and part of Bagtor Down. Comprising a complex reave system with interspersed hut circle settlements, enclosures and cairns. Further elements of this system, aligned on a similar axis have been recorded on Haytor Down, Dunstone Down and Wind Tor, increasing the extent of the Rippon Tor system. Condition varies. SX740-- 751--

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. Maps 5, 6, 9, 10.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV356396Report - Assessment: Newman, P.. 2013. An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon. SW Landscape Investigations Report. A4 Bound + Digital. 8.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV7542Parent of: Dunstone Down Field System (Monument)
MDV30652Parent of: Enclosure on Pudsham Down (Monument)
MDV27951Parent of: FIELD SYSTEM in the Parish of Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)
MDV43230Parent of: Field system on the west slope of Blackslade Down near Tunhill Rocks (Monument)
MDV25836Parent of: Fields and enclosures on Mountsland Common (Monument)
MDV62311Parent of: Hut circle on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV62350Parent of: Medieval field banks on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV30655Parent of: Medieval fields on Pudsham Down (Monument)
MDV25747Parent of: Parallel Reave System on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV25747Related to: Parallel Reave System on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV26974Parent of: Parallel reaves around Pil Tor (Monument)
MDV25215Parent of: Parallel reaves on Blackslade Down (Monument)
MDV7983Parent of: Reave system on Buckland Common (Monument)
MDV25219Parent of: Settlement on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV113188Related to: A hut circle with the small wood known as the Spinney (Monument)
MDV7995Related to: Complex hut circle settlement on Buckland Common (Monument)
MDV112775Related to: Cutting on Mountsland Common (Monument)
MDV25220Related to: Enclosure in Reave System on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV8172Related to: Enclosure on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV8041Related to: Halshanger Common Parallel Reave System (Monument)
MDV8174Related to: Hut circle south of enclosure on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV113192Related to: Medieval field boundaries in Bagtor enclosure (Monument)
MDV113190Related to: Medieval field boundary on the east slope of the Blackslade Valley (Monument)
MDV112762Related to: Military mortar pit on Buckland Common (Monument)
MDV112867Related to: Ovoid enclosure in former Bagtor Wood (Monument)
MDV25747Parent of: Parallel Reave System on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV25747Related to: Parallel Reave System on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV25217Related to: Parallel Reave System on the south-eastern edge of Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV26618Related to: Parallel reaves on Bagtor Down (Monument)
MDV112869Related to: Possible strip cultivation on Halsanger Common (Monument)
MDV112763Related to: Probable round cairn on Welstor Common (Monument)
MDV26620Related to: Reaves and a possible walled lane or droveway in Bagtor Wood (Monument)
MDV26617Related to: Reaves within Bagtor inner enclosure (Monument)
MDV112769Related to: Rectangular building foundations on Pudsham Down (Building)
MDV106561Related to: Rectangular Enclosure on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV62346Related to: Ridge and furrow on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV26826Related to: Settlement west of Hollow Tor (Monument)
MDV112777Related to: Small stone quarry on Welstor Common (Monument)
MDV25830Related to: Streamworks on the Langworthy Brook, Ashburton (Monument)
MDV15722Related to: Strip cultivation and clearance south-west of Foale’s Arrishes (Monument)
MDV112761Related to: Tin prospecting pits at Foale’s Arrishes (Monument)
MDV112760Related to: Tin prospecting pits on Blackslade Down (Monument)
MDV113189Related to: Tin prospecting pits on Halsanger Common (Monument)
MDV113194Related to: Tin prospecting pits south-east of Rippon Tor (Monument)
MDV25832Related to: Trackway across Mountsland Common (Monument)
MDV62347Related to: Trial pits on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV113191Related to: Two glider poles on Pudsham Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6433 - Assessment of Halsanger Common, Horridge Common and Rippon Tor
  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Nov 25 2016 2:57PM