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HER Number:MDV53398
Name:Possible stone row near standing stone, Merrivale


Possible stone alignment lying to the south-west of the standing stone at Merrivale. Stones are small and identification uncertain. Located within the guardianship area managed by Dartmoor National Park Authority.


Grid Reference:SX 553 745
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/24/5
  • Old SAM County Ref: 334
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 12/01/1996
  • Old SAM Ref: 24194

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STONE ALIGNMENT (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Rowe, S., 1896, A Perambulation of the Forest of Dartmoor, 208 (Monograph). SDV249697.

Ordnance Survey, 1962, 6" (Cartographic). SDV66583.

Merrivale. A few scattered stones, purpose unknown (Ordnance Survey 6 inch 56 NE).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX57SE9 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV231218.

Between 5.0 meters and 8.0 meters south of the standing stone, though aligned rather to the east of it, are three equidistant stones from 0.1 meters to 0.2 meters high. Within 1.5 meters of the standing stone is a small slab set at right angles to the alignment. Other details: (National Monuments Record, citing Ordnance Survey).

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 28 (Monograph). SDV137656.

A small slab can be seen approximately 5.5 meters from the standing stone which seems to have been deliberately set and Butler makes reference to the 'tops of several more which can be seen in one or two lines' between that and the standing stone, although he does not plot these stones on his plan.

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

Cluster of small earthfast upright granite slabs. This feature lies within 9.0 meters west of the standing stone (PRN 53395) and includes a number of stones protruding through the turf, the largest of which stands up to 0.35 meters high. The precise nature of the feature associated with these stones is uncertain because most of it survives as a buried feature, but they may represent the site of a second cairn identified in this area by Rowe or may represent part of a stone alignment. Other details: MPP/133480..

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

Six stones marked on the Ordnance Survey MasterMap base layer in close proximity to the position of the standing stone at Merrivale. These are assumed to the stones included in the possible stone alignment mentioned above.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, MER-20 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 2/10/2019. Stone surrounded by bare earth patch within grass cover. Overall condition good. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, MER-20 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 070° showing grass cover and bare earth patch around stone.

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. 28.
SDV219156Site Visit: Gerrard, S.. 1994. MPP/133501. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset..
SDV231218Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX57SE9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV249697Monograph: Rowe, S.. 1896. A Perambulation of the Forest of Dartmoor. Perambulation of the Forest of Dartmoor. Unknown. 208.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #94640 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. MER-20.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. MER-20.
SDV66583Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6". 6".

Associated Monuments

MDV53396Related to: Fallen standing stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV53397Related to: Short stone row south of standing stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV3759Related to: Small Cairn near Standing Stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV53395Related to: Standing stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV4998Related to: Stone circle, Merrivale (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 18 2019 2:52PM