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HER Number:MDV28497
Name:Clearance cairn partly overlying reave, Merrivale

Summary

One of four cairns undoubtedly the result of a relatively recent phase of stone clearance. Their form and positioning does not suggest either a prehistoric origin nor a sepulchral use. Several similar cairns lie on the course of the Great Western Reave in this general area. The proximity to the Merrivale stone rows appears coincidental.

Location

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

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 SE 110
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/283
  • Old SAM Ref: 24193
  • Pastscape: 440342

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Constructed, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (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 (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). 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.

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

(07/02/2000) Four cairns undoubtedly the result of a relatively recent phase of stone clearance. Their form and positioning does not suggest either a prehistoric origin nor a sepulchral use. Several similar cairns lie on the course of the Great Western Reave (SX 57 SE 116) in this general area. The proximity to the Merrivale stone rows appears coincidental.

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..
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. 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.
SDV344969Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV53412Parent of: Clearance cairn near reave, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV53413Parent of: Clearance cairn near reave, Merrivale (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Oct 14 2019 1:25PM