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HER Number:MDV4905
Name:Enclosure with internal hut circle, Merrivale settlement

Summary

Enclosure with internal hut circle; part of the settlement to the south of the road. Within the guardianship area managed by Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 555 749
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/55
  • Old SAM County Ref: 332
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 12/01/1996
  • Old SAM Ref: 24191

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

133508 (Site Visit). SDV276278.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1955, SX57SE19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV219145.

Enclosure EE has walls measuring on average 2.0 meters in width, average height 0.5 meters. Walls composed of boulders, many of which are partly turf covered. The enclosure has been despoiled on the north side. On the eastern side a large granite block, probably in situ is incorporated into the wall. On the western side the walls are very ragged and much despoiled. The extent of the enclosure is still very clear. Condition fair. Hut circle DD is situated within the enclosure.


NMR, 1976, SX5574/1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV276277.

Visible on aerial photograph.


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

Recorded during the Aerial Photograph Project.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North (Monograph). SDV219155.

Other details: 73.


Gerrard, S., 1994, MPP/133501 (Site Visit). SDV219156.

Enclosure within a large partially enclosed settlement, surviving as a 57 meter by 31 meter irregular shaped area defined by a 3.0 meter wide and 1.5 meter high rubble wall which is double faced in places. The irregular shape of the enclosure may be the result of a number of earth-fast boulders being incorporated into the circuit. Some of the larger stones within the wall have been split using the tear and feather technique. A gap in the north circuit of the enclosure wall may represent an original entrance. The stone hut circle lies at SX55527497, within the north-eastern part of the enclosure.


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

Fragments of four sub-rectangular enclosures are associated with the hut circles, varying in size from 0.06 hectares to 0.24 hectares they are bounded by stony banks averaging 1.5 meters and 0.6 meters high. These features have suffered heavily from stone robbing and none possess obvious entrances. Five hut circles are associated with these enclosures (8, 15, 16, 24 and 36); three are adjoined by the enclosure walls (8, 16 and 24).


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


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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219145Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1955. SX57SE19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume.
SDV219156Site Visit: Gerrard, S.. 1994. MPP/133501. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset..
SDV276277Aerial Photograph: NMR. 1976. SX5574/1.
SDV276278Site Visit: 133508. 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.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93403 ]
SDV344969Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV4906Parent of: Hut circle 36, Merrivale Settlement (Monument)
MDV53409Parent of: Millstone within enclosure, Merrivale settlement (Monument)
MDV53409Related to: Millstone within enclosure, Merrivale settlement (Monument)
MDV53410Parent of: Slit trenches within Merrivale settlement (Monument)
MDV4897Part of: Merrivale hut circle settlement (Monument)
MDV4897Related to: Merrivale hut circle settlement (Monument)
MDV4907Related to: Hut circle 18, Merrivale Settlement (Monument)
MDV4908Related to: Hut circle 19, Merrivale Settlement (Monument)
MDV4909Related to: Hut circle 20, Merrivale Settlement (Monument)
MDV4990Related to: Hut circle 30, Merrivale Settlement (Monument)
MDV4988Related to: Hut circle 31, Merrivale Settlement (Monument)
MDV4897Part of: Merrivale hut circle settlement (Monument)
MDV4897Related to: Merrivale hut circle settlement (Monument)
MDV53409Parent of: Millstone within enclosure, Merrivale settlement (Monument)
MDV53409Related to: Millstone within enclosure, Merrivale settlement (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4830 - Survey of guardianship area, Merrivale

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 9:13AM