Merrivale 6

The western stone of row 6 in the foreground. The others just protrude through the turf.

A probable single stone row measuring at least 6.4m long, including small-sized stones situated on a gentle south facing slope with extensive views towards Bodmin Moor. The row is orientated east to west and 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.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 55344 74590     Lat 50.55310273  Long -4.0433458

Map showing the location of Merrivale 6 stone row.

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

Plan showing Row 6 at Merrivale. It may have once extended as far as the kerbed cairn

(Source: Survey at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard).

Interpretative plan showing Row 6 and adjacent archaeological features

(Source: Survey at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 6.4m
No. of stones: 4 Size of stones: Only small
Tallest stone: 0.29m Shortest stone: 0.01m
Orientation: 85° Altitude: 330m
Upper end: – Lower end: Cairn?
Straight (Yes or No)  : Yes Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone alignments, cairns, cist, stone circle, standing stone, prehistoric settlement  and reave
Notes:  This row may have once extended as far as the kerbed cairn to the east.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Probable. There is a possibility that the stones occur naturally, but on balance it is more likely that they represent the remains of a stone row. It is possible that this row together with Row 5 formed part of a double row.


Typology

This stone row is of Type S1. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


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.


Timeline

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

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 9th March 2019

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