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HER Number:MDV8801
Name:Field System south of Bowerman's Nose

Summary

Prehistoric coaxial field system and settlement to the south of Bowerman's Nose which includes reaves, enclosures and hut circles

Location

Grid Reference:SX 740 801
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and walling of a Bronze Age coaxial field system and settlement on Hayne Down, south of Bowerman's Nose which includes reaves, enclosures and hut circles
  • SHINE: Earthwork section of prehistoric field boundary running across Cripdon Down

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 445645
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/69
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX78SW19
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953 - 1960, SX78SW19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346463.

Sparse Iron Age type field banks and lynchets. Fragmentary low banks of earth and stone define the field system. To the south where slope is slightly steeper is lynchetting which seems to be associated with hut circles in the same area.


National Monuments Record, 1977, SX7480, 1-3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346464.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX78SW (Cartographic). SDV346261.

Field system visible on aerial photographs.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 153 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Prehistoric settlement on Hayne Down includes a passageway which winds through the rocks and seems deliberately designed to give the only access across the ridge. Bounded by close-set slabs and natural rocks this Bronze Age road is about 200 metres long by 2 metres wide and unusually open at both ends. One side forms the southern boundary of a large Prehistoric field occupied by two huts alongside the opposite wall, one of them built into the bank of a small D-shaped enclosure. A passageway along the edge of the field here stops well short of the enclosure, which was entered next to the hut between a still vivisble pair of slabs set across the bank. This is the only one of the six passageways on Hayne Down which leads in the direction of a hut, the others providing access between fields. The other hut of 4.6 metres diameter lies a few metres uphill. The barrier continues south-east from the summit rocks as a slab wall. A square enclosure is built on to the reave. Other details: Map 21, Site 2.


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

Coaxial fields to the south of Bowerman's Nose were considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 84.


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

Outline of site shown.


National Monuments Record, 2011, 445645 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346468.

Cropmarks of a field system with faint traces of possible hut circles. Two main reaves are visible within the field system. One runs from a rock outcrop at SX74148039 to SX74448011, another rock outcrop. The second meets the first at a `T'-junction and provides the basis for the field system.

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. 153. [Mapped features: #108890 ; #112129 ; #112130 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346261Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX78SW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346463Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953 - 1960. SX78SW19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346464Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX7480. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-3.
SDV346468National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 445645. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV26984Parent of: HUT CIRCLE in the Parish of Manaton (Monument)
MDV26985Parent of: HUT CIRCLE in the Parish of Manaton (Monument)
MDV26986Parent of: HUT CIRCLE in the Parish of Manaton (Monument)
MDV26987Parent of: HUT CIRCLE in the Parish of Manaton (Monument)
MDV26801Related to: Bank (Monument)
MDV26950Related to: Bank (Monument)
MDV8817Related to: Field System north of Bowerman's Nose (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 2 2018 10:40AM