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HER Number:MDV53412
Name:Clearance cairn near reave, Merrivale

Summary

One of four cairns undoubtedly the result of a relatively recent phase of stone clearance. Their form and positioning does not suggest either a prehistoric origin nor a sepulchral use. Several similar cairns lie on the course of the Great Western Reave in this general area. The proximity to the Merrivale stone rows appears coincidental.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 556 746
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 110 SX 57 SE 110
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/283/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 24193
  • Pastscape: 440342

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133492 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(11/08/1994) Round cairn partly overlies the Great Western Reave. Mound measures 4.5m by 3.9m and stands up to 0.6m high. The reave is earlier in date than this cairn, and it is not known whether this cairn is of funerary or clearance origin. The Ordnance Survey however believe that a funerary origin is on balance more likely.

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

(07/02/2000) Four cairns undoubtedly the result of a relatively recent phase of stone clearance. Their form and positioning does not suggest either a prehistoric origin nor a sepulchral use. Several similar cairns lie on the course of the Great Western Reave (SX 57 SE 116) in this general area. The proximity to the Merrivale stone rows appears coincidental.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133492.
SDV344969Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV28497Part of: Clearance cairn partly overlying reave, Merrivale (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Aug 28 2020 11:49AM