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HER Number:MDV56593
Name:FIELD SYSTEM in the Parish of Peter Tavy

Summary

Vis=12/7/1991 (rchme) the field system is formed by a series of roughly parallel cross contour walls. They run principally n-s and are divided into rectangular fields by 3 or 4 transverse walls. These walls are mainly evident as turf-covered rubble banks, about 1.3m wide but are often spread to over 3m. They vary in height from almost ground level to 1m or more but average about 0.3m high. Some fade into the turf and peat but are quite obviously continuous features. On the slopes many have collapsed into stony lynchets. Some of the walls are attached to hut circles and small enclosures, and they also utilise the outcropping tors and clitter. The fields thus formed are mainly rectilinear but their size and shape depend primarily on the topography. They vary from small irregular plots about 0.1 ha in area (at sx52047798), to large rectangular enclosures about 0.8 ha in area (at sx52217817). At sx51887813 and sx52087795 are 2 narrow tracks to, or between, fields which are almost identical to modern tracks at sx52937803 and sx52627775).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 521 781
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a prehistoric settlement on Smeardon Down comprising hut circles, enclosure and field system

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/89/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Late Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 3000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

NMR, CITING SAINSBURY, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270774.

Scattered across the system are several, probably contemporary, stone clearance heaps averaging about 3m in diam and 0.4m high. Some have been built onto the walls and lynchets, several cluster around the s of hut 13, and there is a larger heap at sx52317807. One large stony mound at sx52217820, its centre robbed, appears to overlie an e-w lynchet, which here is a turf-covered rubble scarp. It is about 9.8m in diam, 0.4m high on the uphill side and 1.5m around the lower n side. Though it does not have a true kerb there are a few prominent stones around the periphery and it appears to have a degree of formality not usually associated with clearance heaps. It is in a prominent situation and may possibly be a sepulchral cairn similar to that 100m to the se (nmr, citing sainsbury).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270775.

Nmr=sx57nw103.


Sainsbury, I. S., 12/07/1991, Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field Investigation (Un-published). SDV350975.

Site visit 12th July 1991. The field system is formed by a series of roughly parallel cross contour walls. They run principally n-s and are divided into rectangular fields by 3 or 4 transverse walls. These walls are mainly evident as turf-covered rubble banks, about 1.3 metres wide but are often spread to over 3 metres. They vary in height from almost ground level to 1m or more but average about 0.3 metres high. Some fade into the turf and peat but are quite obviously continuous features. On the slopes many have collapsed into stony lynchets. Some of the walls are attached to hut circles and small enclosures, and they also utilise the outcropping tors and clitter. The fields thus formed are mainly rectilinear but their size and shape depend primarily on the topography. They vary from small irregular plots about 0.1 hectares in area (at SX52047798), to large rectangular enclosures about 0.8 hectares in area (at SX52217817). At SX51887813 and SX52087795 are 2 narrow tracks to, or between, fields which are almost identical to modern tracks at SX52937803 and SX52627775).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV270774Migrated Record: NMR, CITING SAINSBURY.
SDV270775Migrated Record:
SDV350975Un-published: Sainsbury, I. S.. 12/07/1991. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field Investigations. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #95572 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV56592Related to: Prehistoric settlement on Smeardon Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 1:23PM