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HER Number:MDV28497
Name:Round cairn, Merrivale


Round cairn partly overlying the Great Western Reave.


Grid Reference:SX 556 747
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/283
  • Old SAM Ref: 24193

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1979, SX57SE110 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV251741.

Centred on a NW to SE line of four cairns from 2.7m to 4.0m in diameter and from 0.3m to 0.5m high. Three are separated by 2m to 4m and the fourth and southernmost by 10m which includes the remnant of a reave. All the cairns have been made from the reave by gathering up the stones and all are on its alignment. It seems unlikely that these cairns are the result of clearance simply to form five gaps in the reave and it may be that the cairns have a sepulchral purpose. Found during field investigation. Other details: Photo.

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

Not recorded.

Gerrard, S., 1995, 133491 (Site Visit). SDV251743.

Round cairn partly overlying the Great Western Reave. Mound measures 5m in diam and stands up to 0.7m high. The reave is earlier in date than this cairn, and it is not known whether this cairn is of funerary or clearance origin. The OS however believe that a funerary origin is on balance more likely.

Dartmoor National Park + English Heritage, 2004, Merrivale: An Archaeological Landscape (Leaflet). SDV320201.

DCMS, 2004, Untitled Source (Correspondence). SDV320226.

SMC granted for works concerning a five year programme of management works including erosion repairs.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV251741Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. 1979. SX57SE110.
SDV251743Site Visit: Gerrard, S.. 1995. 133491. 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.
SDV320201Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park + English Heritage. 2004. Merrivale: An Archaeological Landscape. A5 Stapled.
SDV320226Correspondence: DCMS. 2004. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter.

Associated Monuments

MDV53412Parent of: CAIRN in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV53413Parent of: CAIRN in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV579 - OSA=SX57SE110
  • EDV580 - MPP/133491

Date Last Edited:Jun 27 2011 10:31AM