Merrivale 1

Eastern end of alignment, View from west (Scale 1m).

A fine double stone row measuring 183m long, including at least 169 mainly medium-sized stones together with some small and large-sized stones situated on a gentle west facing slope with extensive views towards Bodmin Moor. The row is orientated east to west and the original blocking stone at the lower (west) end is long gone. A second stone set across the row and denoting the upper eastern end is considered to be the last remaining stone forming a kerb around a cairn. This row forms part of an impressive ritual complex including six stone rows, nine cairns and a stone circle. There is also a later prehistoric settlement in the vicinity.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 55541 74809     Lat 50.555144   Long -4.0406587

Map showing the location of Merrivale 1 stone row.

Simplified plan showing the stone alignments at Merrivale (Source: Butler, Google Earth and fieldwork).

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 183m
No. of stones: 169 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 85° Altitude: 346m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: Blocking stone
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context: Stone alignments, cairns, cist, stone circle, standing stone, prehistoric settlement  and reave
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument:  Yes

Identification

Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


Photographs

Blocking stone at the eastern end of the row. 

The row consists of a mixture of large, medium and small sized stones. View from north east (Scale 1m).

Looking west along the row (Scale 1m). Row 2 is visible in the background.

The eastern end of the row. The recumbent slabs that formed the kerb of a cairn are visible beyond the blocking stone.  View from above and west (Scale 1m).

Eastern end of the row. Row 2 is visible in the background. View from west (Scale 1m).

The eastern end of the row with Merrivale granite quarry in the background. View from south east.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 55313 75017 or SX 56050 74895. The row is a short walk away from either car park. It is worth having a look at the well preserved Bronze Age settlement a short distance to the north of the row.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 215.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 3 – The South-West, Devon Books Exeter, pgs. 23-26.


Timeline

VISITED:- 24th March 2013, 20th October 2014, 6th July 2016 and 5th July 2018

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 31st January 2018

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