Merrivale Stone Rows

On Dartmoor in Devonshire, England, there are ~60 single, double, and triple rows of stones. One of these sites is at Merrivale, about 4 km west of Princetown. The site consists of two rows of stones with a cairn midway along the southern of the two rows, five other cairns, two cists, four stone circles, and isolated menhirs and stone slabs. The two rows are not quite parallel to each other, and extending to the SW

from a point ~1/3 of the way from the west end of the southern row is a shorter row leading from a cairn just off the southern row to a pair of stones. The northern row has a bearing of 83.7°, and it is ~182m long; the second has a bearing of 81.7° and a length of ~264m. Both rows are actually two parallel sets of stones. The third row is single, with a bearing of 23°, and a length of 42m. Wood (1978, pp. 130-139) suggests that there are several alignments, including some to the major standstill moonset, at this site, and that various features of the site provide triangles to compute means of extrapolation to be described in §6.2.15. As intriguing as this site is, there are others where the cases for alignments have been made, and where stone grids, touted by Thom as possible computational devices, exist.

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