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HER Number:MDV122627
Name:Rectangular building platform above the Cowsic River


Rectangular building platform (probably prehistoric) situated on a slope above the Cowsic River


Grid Reference:SX 591 794
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PLATFORM (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Newman, P., 2004, Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey, 10/08/2004 (Report - Survey). SDV346874.

As described in 1994. In an area of shortish grass. Condition is stable.

Newman , P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361635.

A ruined rectangular tinners' hut in an area of tin streamworks south-east of Blackbrook Head.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Depicted on the modern mapping.

National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape (Website). SDV360651.

SX 59147944. A small rectangular platform located on the steep east-facing slope above the right bank of the Cowsic River, 400 metres north-east of Conies Down Tor. The structure measures internally 3.0 metres (north-south) by 1.8 metres with a coursed boulder revetment up to 0.5 metres high on the north, west and south. The eastern margin is marked by a slight stony rim on the edge of the platform. A possible entrance lies in the southern end.
There is no indication as to the antiquity of this uncharacteristic monument. However, it lies on the northern periphery of a scattered Bronze Age settlement (SX 57 NE 103-110) and may have formed an element of it (Probert, S. A. J., 19/09/1994, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346874Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown. 10/08/2004.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV361635Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #112834 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV48266Part of: Group of hut circles north-east of Conies Down Tor (Monument)
MDV48269Related to: Pair of huts above the Cowsic River (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area

Date Last Edited:Aug 7 2018 3:14PM