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HER Number:MDV13212
Name:Section of prehistoric reave on Erme Plains, Harford


Three sections of Prehistoric reave running east to west for 200 metres on Erme Plains


Grid Reference:SX 638 639
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/110

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Slightly curving linear feature visible on aerial photograph.

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1979, Harford Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV149931.

On Erme Plains in an area where there are several groups of hut circles. A stone and earth bank circa 0.60 metres high and circa 2.4 metres wide runs north-east to south-west in a line with a slight curve towards its lower south-west end. The reave was 'paced' in 1977 and measured 220 paces. It ceases abruptly at both ends.

Fleming, A., 1978, The Dartmoor Reaves, 97-123 (Article in Monograph). SDV244362.

Blatchford reave. Massive unfinished reave. Possible subdivision of the east side of the Erme valley.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Linear feature visible on aerial photograph.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Three sections of reave running east to west shown on survey.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A section of a probable reave running east to west on the moderate lower slopes of Quickbeam Hill on Harford Moor. The reave measures 183 metres long by 5 metres wide by up to 0.8 metres high. It is completely turf covered, though patches of stone are visible beneath. The bank has been breached in two places.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UE-25 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(10/02/2019) Recorded by volunteer condition assessor. Condition assessed as very good. The site is on open grass land not crossed by any major paths. The grass is a fine quality attractive to livestock and has remained so for at least the last ten years. Some patches of reed/grass have accumulated nearby where water pools in the small landscape hollows.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photographs taken in February 2019.

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 442436, SX66SW91 (Website). SDV362732.

Blatchford Reave an unfinished reave consisting of 200 metres of a low bank extending part way down a steep west slope. It serves no obvious purpose and has not been surveyed.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV244362Article in Monograph: Fleming, A.. 1978. The Dartmoor Reaves. Early Land Allotment in the British Isles. Unknown. 97-123.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital.
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 442436, SX66SW91.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UE-25.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV28112Related to: Possible hut circle north of a prehistoric reave, Harford (Monument)
MDV28113Related to: Possible hut circle to west of reave terminal, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Nov 23 2020 3:32PM