Merrivale Prehistoric Site
Merrivale Prehistoric Site
A superb prehistoric site on western Dartmoor. Merrivale is not one monument, but a multitude of monuments sharing the same wonderfully scenic location. Here you will find the remains of a Bronze Age settlement, two stone rows, solitary standing stones, burial cairns, and a stone circle.
Merrivale was in use for an extended period, with the first monuments being built around 2500 BCE and the site falling out of use around 1000 BCE.

The settlement is composed of 36 hut circles spread over four separate enclosures. The stone rows stretch across the moorland on an east-west axis, and maintain a distance of about 1.2 metres between the rows. The stones are higher to the east and taper to the west. A burial cairn with an off-centre cist is set at the midpoint of the southern stone row.

The setting is superb, and Merrivale represents a quite striking group of exceptional prehistoric monuments.