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HER Number:MDV53410
Name:Slit trenches within Merrivale settlement


A large number of small rectangular stone cutting pits lie within the large partially enclosed Bronze Age hut circle settlement at Merrivale.


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/370
  • Old SAM Ref: 24191

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 73-4 (Monograph). SDV149229.

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

Gerrard, S., 1994, 133540 (Site Visit). SDV250631.

A large number of small rectangular stone cutting pits lie within a large partially enclosed settlement. These pits represent the site of large granite boulders which have been cut up and removed. Further evidence for surface working of granite is provided by a large number of rocks bearing lines of drill marks indicative of tear and feather stone splitting. There are two pits within enclosure (PRN 4906). The eastern pit measures 4.0 meters by 3.5 meters by 0.6 meters deep, whilst the western pit is 6.0 meters by 4.0 meters by 0.8 meters deep. Other pits scattered throughout the settlement are of similar dimensions.

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

A number of slit trenches lie within the Merrivale guardianship area, measuring approximately 2.0 meters long and 0.5 meters wide with a maximum depth of 0.5 meters though most appear to have been infilled. Several have been dug into the interiors of the hut circles belonging to the prehistoric settlement. Other details: 1310069 NMR Number: SX 57 SE 185.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 73-4.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 74.
SDV250631Site Visit: Gerrard, S.. 1994. 133540. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset..
SDV344969Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV4905Part of: Enclosure with internal hut circle, Merrivale settlement (Monument)
MDV4897Part of: Merrivale hut circle settlement (Monument)
MDV4906Related to: Hut circle 36, Merrivale Settlement (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4830 - Survey of guardianship area, Merrivale

Date Last Edited:Oct 7 2010 12:07PM