Merrivale Standing Stone. Devon,Nearest town: Tavistock.

Among the turf and rocky outcrops of Dartmoor, about 0.5km (0.3mi) from the village of Merrivale, is a fine 3.2m (10.5ft) standing stone. This stone is part of a complex including a stone circle, a burial cist, a series of stone rows and numerous hut circles – the houses of the Bronze Age people who created and used this sacred area.

The main area of archaeological interest is to the south-east of the hamlet at grid reference SX556746. Although it has been diminished over time.

Also visible are two stone avenues running parallel to each other on either side of a stream. The southern avenue is 263.5 metres long and has the remains of a barrow in the middle. The northern avenue is slightly shorter. Both avenues are only about 1 metre wide down the centre. The southernmost double row has a kistvaen set within the stone row. The eastern end of the rows is passed by a section of the Great Western Reave, running roughly NW-SE.

Cist (Kist) to the south of the rows
To the south of the avenues is a large kistvaen which contained a flint scraper, a number of flint flakes and a whetstone for polishing metal items. The ‘lid’ of the cist was broken in two by a farmer sometime in the past who made a gatepost out of it. Numerous tors are visible from the site, including King’s Tor and Staple Tor.

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