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MERRIVALE PREHISTORIC SETTLEMENT

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Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement is a partially enclosed stone hut circle settlement, including at least thirty six hut circles and four separate enclosures. The structures on the site are thought to have been constructed during the Bronze Age, over a long period from around 2500 BC to 1000 BC. They lie on both sides of the B3357 some 500 metres east of Merrivale Bridge. The huts survive in varying degrees of preservation, those nearest the road having been robbed to provide stone while some on the southern fringe of the site have been mutilated by slit trenches. The easternmost and largest enclosure was partially modified during the early 19th century. The hut circles survive as earth and stone banks. Sixteen have visible doorways, four lie within or are attached to enclosures and one has a porch. A string of six huts in the southern part of the settlement may once have been linked together by a palisade or similar feature. Six of the thirty six hut circles were excavated by Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1895. All contained charcoal, though only two hearths were identified. One or two were paved but the only artifact found was a flint flake. Evidence for post-medieval activity on the site is apparent from the remains of a deserted farmstead erected in the first half of the 19th century and a cider mill edge runner stone and stone cutting pits (see associated monument records). Merrivale is an English Heritage site but is also managed by the Dartmoor National Park Authority

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