First published in 1988, The Dartmoor Reaves is a classic story of archaeological fieldwork and discovery, and a winner of the Archaeological Book Award. This major new edition adds both colour illustrations and two substantial new chapters to the original groundbreaking text, which revolutionised our understanding of Britain's prehistoric landscapes. Dartmoor has long been known for the richness of its prehistoric heritage; stone circles, hut circles, massive burial cairns, and stone rows all pepper the landscape. In the 1970s a new dimension was added, with the recognition that the long-ignored reaves (ruined walls) are also prehistoric; Dartmoor now posed all sorts of questions about the nature of Bronze Age society. Andrew Fleming describes the critical moment when his own fieldwork picked up the pattern of the reaves, and he realised their true identity. His new chapters places Dartmoor's large-scale, planned, prehistoric landscapes in the context of other 'co-axial' field systems that have since been found elsewhere, and also discuss their meaning, in the light of the latest research on the Bronze Age.
Andrew Fleming is a landscape archaeologist and prehistorian. He is the author of Swaledale: Valley of the Wild River (1998) and St Kilda and the Wider World: Tales of an Iconic Island (2005).
List of Illustrations; Abbreviations; Preface to 2007 edition; Preface to 1988 edition; Discovery; A curious case of lost knowledge; The search for a pattern; The pattern revealed; Anatomy of a field system; Excavation; Reaves and the prehistory of Dartmoor; Reaves and the wider world; A cornucopia of coaxials; The quest for meaning; Appendix: Places to Visit; Notes; Bibliography; Illustration acknowledgements; Index.