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HER Number:MDV5000
Name:Cairn associated with stone row, Merrivale

Summary

Integral within the southern double stone row is a turf-covered stony cairn. It measures 4.0 metres north-west to south-east by 3.2 metres and stands 0.4 metres high. Immediately south of its centre are traces of a trapezoidal cist measuring 0.6 metres north-south and 0.5 metres deep. There is neither trace of the northern end slab or the coverstone. Six stones forming an incomplete retaining circle lie on the periphery of the cairn.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 553 747
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 115
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/108/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 333
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 12/01/1996
  • Old SAM Ref: 24193
  • Pastscape: 440357

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 15/09/2004, Scheduled Monument Consent Letter (Correspondence). SDV320040.

Scheduled Monument Consent granted for works concerning a five year programme of management works including erosion repairs.

Worth, R. N., 1892, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor, 395-6 (Article in Serial). SDV237176.

Baring Gould, S., 1895, Second Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 87 (Article in Serial). SDV271711.

Worth, R. N., 1895, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor: Part 4, 440 (Article in Serial). SDV273221.

Stephens, F. W., 1900, Sketch (Plan - sketch). SDV219154.

Sketch and note in parish file.

Worth, R. H., 1941, Retaining Circles Associated with Stone Rows, Dartmoor, 235, Fig. 6-7 (Article in Serial). SDV251083.

Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, 298-9, Pl.36 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.

Cairn at the north end of row C of the Merrivale group. 2.7 metres diameter.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 173 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visit 6th June 1974. Cites Baring-Gould saying it contained a ruined cist.

Gerrard, S., 1990-1994, Monument Protection Programme, 133486 (Report - Survey). SDV350743.

Site visit 11th August 1994. Cairn forming part of a cluster of Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual features including at least three alignments, a stone circle, 13 cairns and a standing stone. Cairn lies at the north-east end of a single stone alignment. Mound measures 3.5 metres in diameter and stands up to 0.3 metres high. A central hollow, 1.2 metres by 0.9 metres by 0.2 metres deep may represent the site of a partial excavation or robbing. According to Baring Gould this cairn contained a cist but he does not elaborate on this statement.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 27 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Cairn at the higher end of stone row 4 at Merrivale, which was trenched at some point.

Department of National Heritage, 1995, Scheduled Monument Consent Letter (Correspondence). SDV321020.

Scheduled Monument Consent granted for works concerning repairs to sections of the leat.

Probert, S. A. J., 2000, The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon, 5 (Report - Survey). SDV344969.

Integral within the southern double stone row is a turf-covered stony cairn (440357). It measures 4.0 metres north-west to south-east by 3.2 metres and stands 0.4 metres high. Immediately south of its centre are traces of a trapezoidal cist measuring 0.6 metres north-south and 0.5 metres deep. There is neither trace of the northern end slab or the coverstone. Six stones forming an incomplete retaining circle lie on the periphery of the cairn.

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

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

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Three stone alignments, ten cairns, three stone hut circles and a length of the Great Western Reave on Longash Common.
A small cairn lies at the north eastern end of the [third stone] alignment and survives as a 3.5m diameter mound standing up to 0.3m high. A hollow in the centre of the mound measures 1.2m long, 0.9m wide and 0.2m deep, and may represent the site of a partial early excavation or robbing. According to Baring Gould, this cairn contained a cist. Three further cairns lie close to these alignments.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, MER-16 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 2/10/2019. Cairn covered with grass. Overall condition very good. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, MER-16 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 270° showing grass cover.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX57SE115 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV251186.

Site visit 10th January 1980. A cairn, some 5 metres south of one of the major Merrivale rows, is of small stone construction, now turf-covered. It has a diameter of 2.3 metres and a height of 0.2 metres with a small pit near the centre dug down to ground level. It is uncertain whether there was originally a kerb or cairn circle but one upright slab 1.5 metres north-west of centre appears to be associated with the cairn.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX57SE12 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV251183.

Site visit 18th August 1950. The cairn at the north end is in good condition but overgrown.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 27.
SDV219154Plan - sketch: Stephens, F. W.. 1900. Sketch. Digital.
SDV237176Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1892. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 24. Digital. 395-6.
SDV251083Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1941. Retaining Circles Associated with Stone Rows, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 73. 235, Fig. 6-7.
SDV251172Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. 298-9, Pl.36.
SDV251183Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX57SE12. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card.
SDV251186Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX57SE115. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card.
SDV271711Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1895. Second Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 27. Digital. 87.
SDV273221Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1895. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor: Part 4. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 27. Digital. 440.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 173.
SDV320040Correspondence: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 15/09/2004. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter. Letter.
SDV320201Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park + English Heritage. 2004. Merrivale: An Archaeological Landscape. A5 Stapled.
SDV321020Correspondence: Department of National Heritage. 1995. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93664 ]
SDV344969Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 5.
SDV350743Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-1994. Monument Protection Programme. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown. 133486.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. MER-16.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. MER-16.

Associated Monuments

MDV5001Part of: Short stone row, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV28496Related to: Cairn south of the Stone Row B, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV14796Related to: Cairn with cist in middle of stone row, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV14797Related to: Merrivale Stone Row A, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV14795Related to: Merrivale Stone Row B, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV3757Related to: Probable ring cairn, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV4997Related to: Remains of a ring cairn, Merrivale (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4830 - Survey of guardianship area, Merrivale

Date Last Edited:Oct 18 2019 2:15PM