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HER Number:MDV13188
Name:Puper's Reave, Buckfastleigh Moor


Bronze Age reave, a linear earth and stone boundary bank, running from Pupers Rock to Water Oak Corner and continuing, for an unspecified distance, along the line of the modern field wall. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 68 66
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDean Prior
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDEAN PRIOR
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLNE
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Pupers Reave and Pupers Rock Cairn. Earthwork and stone remains of a Bronze Age reave, enclosure with hut circle and cairns across Buckfastleigh and Dean Moors bisected by 16th-17th century openworks on western side of Lambs Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/111
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • REAVE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, NMR SX6767, 1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV145368.

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66NE59 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV145367.

Reave running from Pupers Rock (SX67276737) to Water Oak Corner (SX68586598), and continuing on for unspecified distance along modern field wall. Reave forms parish boundary for all its length. Average width 3.0 meters, height 0.5 meters. There is no evidence of a parallel system.

Fleming, A., 1978, The Prehistoric Landscape of Dartmoor. Part 1: South Dartmoor, 97-123 (Article in Serial). SDV235265.

Puper’s Reave. Continues along trackway to SX70006510.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Recorded in the Aerial Photograph Project. The section of reave under modern field wall has been drawn as though it runs for the whole length of the field wall. SX68606597 to SX69476557. Reave encroached upon by openwork, CRF SX66NE/178 (rchm app 1985).

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV145367Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66NE59. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV145368Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. NMR SX6767. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 1.
SDV235265Article in Serial: Fleming, A.. 1978. The Prehistoric Landscape of Dartmoor. Part 1: South Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 44. Unknown. 97-123.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #80802 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV5219Related to: Cairn at Puper's Rock, Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV5302Related to: Cairn on Dean Moor, adjacent to Puper's Reave (Monument)
MDV24752Related to: Field system north-east of Dean Moor, West Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV24782Related to: Leat on Hickaton Hill (Monument)
MDV24723Related to: Open cut to the east of Hickaton Hill (Monument)
MDV24739Related to: Trial pits on the eastern side of Hickaton Hill, West Buckfastleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 18 2019 4:02PM