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HER Number:MDV4913
Name:Enclosure with two hut circles, Merrivale settlement

Summary

Enclosure with two associated hut circles; part of the settlement to the south of the road. Interior is exceptionally stony and is in poor condition having lost its north wall and a section of the south corner. The double-slabbed west wall survives best and consists of a stony bank averaging 1.5 metres wide and 0.6 metres high, built through a particularly stony patch of clitter. Surveyed in 2000.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 554 750
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/57
  • Old SAM County Ref: 332
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 12/01/1996
  • Old SAM Ref: 24191

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Wall of enclosure JJ consists of large stones, much scattered with no consistent width. It can be traced for its full course, although it is in poor condition. The average height of the walls is 0.5 metres.

NMR, 1976, SX5574/1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV277452.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Recorded during the Aerial Photograph Project.

Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/HO (Aerial Photograph). SDV256450.

Oval enclosure incomplete on north side with three hut circles attached. Other details: DAP/HO 13.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 74, Map 30, fig 30.5 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Enclosure A. Interior is exceptionally stony and is in poor condition having lost its north wall and a section of the south corner. The double-slabbed west wall survives best, built through a particularly stony patch of clitter. Two associated huts.

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

Enclosure at SX55457501 and hut circle within a large partially enclosed settlement. Enclosure survives as a 53 meter by 29 meter wide area defined by a 1.5 meter wide and 0.9 meter high rubble wall, except on the north side where no boundary is visible, although originally a palisade or similar feature may have completed the circuit.

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 metres and 0.6 metres 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). Other details: 12 (fig 4).

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

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

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, MER-1 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 18/09/2019. Enclosure wall covered with grass and gorse outcrops. Overall condition good. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, MER-1 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 210° showing grass with gorse outcrops covering SE section of enclosure wall.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219145Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. 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. 74, Map 30, fig 30.5.
SDV219156Site Visit: Gerrard, S.. 1994. MPP/133501. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset..
SDV256450Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/HO. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV277452Aerial Photograph: NMR. 1976. SX5574/1.
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.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93430 ]
SDV344969Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. MER-1.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. MER-1.

Associated Monuments

MDV4621Parent of: Hut circle 15, Merrivale Settlement (Monument)
MDV4618Parent of: Hut circle 16, Merrivale Settlement (Monument)
MDV4897Part of: Merrivale hut circle settlement (Monument)
MDV4897Related to: Merrivale hut circle settlement (Monument)
MDV4897Part of: Merrivale hut circle settlement (Monument)
MDV4897Related to: Merrivale hut circle settlement (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4830 - Survey of guardianship area, Merrivale

Date Last Edited:Sep 23 2019 10:10AM