Merrivale 4

Stone alignment in foreground with standing stone and stone circle beyond. View from the south (Scale 1m).

Stone alignment in foreground with standing stone and stone circle beyond. View from the south (Scale 1m).

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 55356 74586     Lat 50.553093   Long -4.0431773

Merrivale Plan

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

Merrivale Stone rows 4 to 6 plan

Plan showing Row 4 at Merrivale (Source: Survey at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard).

Merrivale Stone rows 4 to 6 plan1

Interpretative plan showing Row 4 at Merrivale (Source: Survey at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 6.5m
No. of stones: 4 Size of stones: Small only
Orientation: 6° Altitude: 330m
Upper end: Lower end:
Straight (Yes or No)  : Yes Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone alignments, cairns, cist, stone circle, standing stone, prehistoric settlement  and reave
Notes: This row is not aligned upon any of the other archaeological features within the vicinity.

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

Merrivale Row 4 WPP1070662

View from south east with the tall terminal stone of Row 5 in the background.

Merrivale Row 4 WPP1110456

View from above and south east.

Merrivale Row 4 WPP1110457

View from above and north east. Stones in foreground form part of the kerbed cairn.

Merrivale

The row points at the eastern side of the stone circle beyond the large standing stone. View from south (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 55313 75017 or SX 56050 74895. The row is a relatively short walk away from either car park. It is worth having a look at the stone circle a short distance to the north of the row. The row is easiest found by walking towards the large standing stone situated close by.


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. 23-29.

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