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HER Number:MDV26488
Name:Reave running across Brimpts and Huccaby newtakes, near Outer Huccaby Ring


Major reave to the north of Huccaby Tor, on a north-east - south-west alignment, running from a terminal reave at the north past Outer Huccaby Ring to the fields at SX65327397, where it appears to be fossilised in the field boundaries for a short distance. Runs parallel to a reave that crosses Huccaby Tor. One of three parallel reaves and fragmentary field walls recorded in 1988. The central reave is visible as a low rubble wall of 0.3 metres high and 2 metres wide. Elsewhere the reaves are evident as low turf covered stoney banks of varying dimensions and condition.


Grid Reference:SX 656 745
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NE91
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 914981
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/440

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 4424-4425 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

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

The Dartmeet parallel reave system, one of the finest prehistoric field systems in Britain. On the western side, the most north-westerly reave is clearly marked crossing Ridden Ridge, and its southerly continuation passes to the east of Outer Huccaby Ring.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1984, Huccaby Farm, Dartmoor: A Preliminary Archaeological Survey, 1, plan (Report - Survey). SDV247137.

One of three major prehistoric reaves crossing Huccaby newtake on approx north-east by south-west orientation. Barely visible.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

The most southerly extent of this reave is at SX65427411. It continues north eastwards onto map sheet SX67NE at SX65907500. There is a break in the reave between SX65557429 to SX65707445. This reave is visible on 1947 Royal Air Force aerial photograph. Parallel to reave MDV29165.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(24/10/1988) The remains of three parallel reaves (a, b and c) and fragmentary field walls (d) situated at a maximum height of about 375m OD on an open moorland ridge about 1.5Km SW of Laughter Tor.
(b) SX 65777458 to SX 65937516. Mainly evident in its central section as a low turf bank about 0.3m maximum height and 1.6m wide but petering out on the N and S to mere vegetation lines. It appears to terminate in the N at SX 65937516 on an apparently later boundary (see SX 67 NE 93) which may well be superimposed on a terminal reave. In the S it merges with a prehistoric field system (SX 67 SE 83). See related records.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV235265Article in Serial: Fleming, A.. 1978. The Prehistoric Landscape of Dartmoor. Part 1: South Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 44. Unknown. 97-123.
SDV247137Report - Survey: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1984. Huccaby Farm, Dartmoor: A Preliminary Archaeological Survey. Digital. 1, plan.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4424-4425.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV6520Related to: Bronze age field system with enclosures adjacent to reave on Huccaby newtake (Monument)
MDV6030Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV48193Related to: Reave crossing Brimpts and Huccaby newtakes, Dartmeet (Monument)
MDV66345Related to: Reave on Brimpts newtake, north of Outer Huccaby Ring (Monument)
MDV29165Related to: Reave running across Brimpts and Huccaby newtakes, east of Outer Huccaby Ring (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3462 - Survey at Huccaby Farm, Lydford
  • EDV8634 - Brimpts Farm, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Jan 31 2022 3:41PM