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HER Number:MDV28493
Name:Cairn close to the Merrivale hut circle settlement


Round cairn lies immediately south of a large partially enclosed Bronze Age settlement at Merrivale.


Grid Reference:SX 556 748
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 440336
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/276
  • Old SAM Ref: 24191

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1979, SX57SE108 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV251753.

A cairn 3.4 meters in diameter and composed of small slabs and blocks 0.3 meters high, circumscribed by a crude kerb 0.2 meters high. A post-type stone, 1.0 meters long by 0.15 meters in section, lies across the cairn. It is doubtful whether it is a clearance cairn because it would be the only one in the vicinity so more likely it is sepulchral.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not recorded during the Aerial Photograph Project.

Gerrard, S., 1994, 133541 (Site Visit). SDV251755.

Round cairn lies immediately south of a large partially enclosed settlement. Mound measures 3.4 meters in diameter, stands up to 0.4 meters high and is surrounded by a low kerb of edge set stones. A large slab measuring 1.0 meter by 0.15 meters thick lies across the mound and may have once stood nearby. The origin and function of this cairn cannot be established with certainty, although given its location between a settlement and major ceremonial site a funerary origin does seem the most likely.

Probert, S. A. J., 2000, The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon (Report - Survey). SDV344969.

The remains of a stony cairn are visible in an area of clitter and close-cropped moorland turf on the fringe of a large Bronze Age settlement. The loosely piled stones and boulders measure 6.7 meters by 3.8 meters and form two piles each 0.5 meters high. There is no evidence to suggest the presence of an original kerb. It is probably a Post Medieval stone clearance heap rather than a Bronze Age cairn. Other details: 440336 NMR Number: SX 57 SE 108.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV251753Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. 1979. SX57SE108.
SDV251755Site Visit: Gerrard, S.. 1994. 133541. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset..
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #86084 ]
SDV344969Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV4897Related to: Merrivale hut circle settlement (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4830 - Survey of guardianship area, Merrivale

Date Last Edited:Oct 7 2010 10:33AM