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HER Number:MDV26991
Name:Fossilised reave system between Bowden and Langdon, North Bovey


Possible fossilised reave system visible on aerial photographs. Appears to be a continuation on that seen on Easdon Down. This landscape is considered to be an undesignated heritage asset.


Grid Reference:SX 727 831
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH BOVEY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Evidential)
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/182

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FOSSILISED REAVE SYSTEM (Early Bronze Age to Late Medieval - 2200 BC to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 13/04/1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995, 2353 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224714.

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

Possible fossilised reave system visible on aerial photographs. Appears to be a continuation on that seen on Easdon Down.

Bray, L., 2017, Easdon Down fossilised reave system, 13/12/2017 (Un-published). SDV360701.

SX 272505 83058 Early Bronze Age to Late Medieval
The modern field system to the north-east of Langdon Farm shows a similar co-axial pattern and orientation to the reave system on Easdon Down 100 metres to the south-east. The modern field system is medieval in date and thus is likely to have re-used and fossilised the relict Bronze Age fieldscape. As experience elsewhere has shown, survival of features dating to the Bronze Age is likely in such areas, despite their later use. Accordingly the evidential value of MDV26991 must be considered to be significant. In addition, the feature possesses a degree of historical value as it demonstrates the re-use of an earlier landscape by a medieval farming system.
In summary, the Bowden fossilised reave system possesses sufficient archaeological significance to be considered an undesignated heritage asset.
Evidential and historic value.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224714Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 13/04/1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2353.
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. [Mapped feature: #85548 ]
SDV360701Un-published: Bray, L.. 2017. Easdon Down fossilised reave system. Non-Designated Heritage Assets. Digital. 13/12/2017.

Associated Monuments

MDV14569Related to: Cairn 670 metres east of Canna Park Farm (Monument)
MDV119088Related to: Field boundaries east of Canna Park, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV27000Related to: Fossilised field system in woods south-west of Bowda, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV26703Related to: Fossilised reave system around Bowden Farm, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV8752Related to: Great Wheal Eleanor tin mine, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV26993Related to: Hut circle on north-western corner of Easdon Down (Monument)
MDV48021Related to: Reave system on Easdon Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 16 2018 10:37AM