Northern length of the alignment. View from the east (Scale 1m)
A single stone row measuring 60m long, including 14 small-sized stones situated on a gentle west facing slope with extensive views towards Bodmin Moor. The row is orientated NNE to SSW and the stone at the NNE end has been incorporated into a cairn suggesting that the cairn was added later. A restricted view of the sea may be of significance. 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.
|England Devon Dartmoor SX 55394 74761 Lat 50.554672 Long -4.0427079|
Merrivale 3 stone row.
Simplified plan showing the stone alignments at Merrivale (Source: Butler and Google Earth).
|Type: Single||Length: 60m|
|No. of stones: 14||Size of stones: Small only|
|Orientation: 26°||Altitude: 340m|
|Upper end: Cairn||Lower end: Pillar|
|Straight (Yes or No) : No||Sea View: Yes|
|Context: Stone alignments, cairns, cist, stone circle, standing stone, prehistoric settlement and reave|
Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.
View from above and south of Row 3. Rows 1 and 2 are visible in the background. The stones at the northern end of the row have been incorporated into a later cairn. This indicates that the row was earlier than the cairn.
View from the south showing the cairn and Row 3.
View from the south west (Scale 1m).
Looking across the row towards Row 2 in the background. View from south east (Scale 1m).
|Public Access: Yes|
|Land Status: National Park|
|Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes|
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.
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. 23-29.
VISITED:- 24th March 2013, 20th October 2014, 6th July 2016 and 5th July 2018
FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016
LAST UPDATED:- 31st January 2018