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HER Number:MDV26974
Name:Parallel reaves around Pil Tor

Summary

Coaxial field system around Pil Tor including Foale's Arrishes settlement. Four reaves traverse the slopes of Top Tor and Pil Tor, continuing the north-west trending axis from Rippon Tor and Halsanger, up the west side of Blackslade Down and over the ridge between the tors. The reaves descend the western slope towards the enclosed lands of Widecombe, wherein little trace of them now survives. A number of cross reaves on the north-west side of the tors, divide the reaves into blocks.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 735 760
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/266
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1982, NMR SF2112, 1109 (Aerial Photograph). SDV345548.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX77NW (Cartographic). SDV345445.

Field system visible between SX73057563 and SX73687564.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 57-59 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Four reaves from Foales Arrishes continue west beyond Pil Tor and Top Tor. Reaves represented by two drystone walls are also present in the opposite direction. Cross banks were built between the reaves forming rectangular fields surrounding the hut circles. Other details: Map 9, Site 1, Figure 9.1.

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

Coaxial fields around Pil Tor was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004.

Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.

This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

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

Reaves visible on the aerial photography.

Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 16, 55, Figure 11 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Parallel reaves around Pil Tor. Four reaves traverse the slopes of Top Tor and Pil Tor, continuing the NW trending axis from Rippon Tor and Halsanger, up the west side of Blackslade Down and over the ridge between the tors. The reaves descend the western slope towards the enclosed lands of Widecombe, wherein little trace of them now survives. A number of cross reaves on the NW side of the tors, divide the reaves into blocks. Further blocks on the south side exist in association with the hut circle settlement at Foale’s Arrishes. Condition is stable.

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. 57-59.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345445Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX77NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV345548Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1982. NMR SF2112. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1109.
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 16, 55, Figure 11. [Mapped feature: #118807 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV103648Part of: Large field system centred on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV26807Related to: Enclosure attached to a reave south-west of Foale's Arrishes (Monument)
MDV43230Related to: Field system on the west slope of Blackslade Down near Tunhill Rocks (Monument)
MDV7416Related to: Hut circle 1 at Foale's Arrishes (Monument)
MDV21489Related to: Hut circle 5 at Foale's Arrishes (Monument)
MDV21490Related to: Hut circle 6 at Foale's Arrishes (Monument)
MDV21491Related to: Hut circle 7 at Foale’s Arrishes (Monument)
MDV7419Related to: Hut circle 8 at Foale's Arrishes (Monument)
MDV21488Related to: Hut circle in enclosure south-west of Foale's Arrishes (Monument)
MDV7415Related to: Hut circle settlement at Foale's Arrishes (Monument)
MDV7438Related to: Hut Circle Settlement on the east side of Tunhill Rocks (Monument)
MDV21493Related to: Hut circle south of reave and enclosure south-west of Foale's Arrishes (Monument)
MDV7417Related to: Hut circle two at Foale's Arrishes (Monument)
MDV15723Related to: Medieval enclosures and cultivation north and west of Hollow Tor (Monument)
MDV26826Related to: Settlement west of Hollow Tor (Monument)
MDV13717Related to: Shovel Stone north-east of Hollow Tor (Monument)
MDV15722Related to: Strip cultivation and clearance south-west of Foale’s Arrishes (Monument)
MDV43229Related to: Structure within enclosure on the east side of Tunhill Rocks (Monument)
MDV21492Related to: Three hut circles to the north-east of Foale's Arrishes (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Oct 11 2019 3:46PM