Dowsing Merrivale Stone Rows in Dartmoor

by Bob Sephton

The Merrivale Stone Rows are situated 2 ½ miles to the west north west of Princetown and adjacent to the B3357 Tavistock road. See figure 1.

The complex consists of two pairs of stone rows, each pair being parallel, with a diverted stream or leat flowing between the pairs of stone rows. To the east the stream would normally have flowed down into the valley to the south of the complex but it has now been deliberately diverted around the shoulder of a hill to form a leat. There is sufficient gradient to encourage the leat to flow turbulently through the complex from east to west and on to a community some distance beyond. It has thus been in that community’s interest to maintain the leat for many years.

The complex consists of two parallel rows of stones to the north of the leat and a similar but longer parallel row of stones to the south of the leat. Both parallel rows are similar and in each row larger stones have been positioned at either end, the intermediate stones varying between about nine and eighteen inches in height. In each row the distance between stones varies between about 1 ½ and 3 ½ ft. Within each pair of parallel rows, the rows are 4 ft. apart.

Within the south row pair is a circle of stones, offset from the mid-position. This stone circle consists of six concentric circles of stones surrounding a central hole. The cross section is similar to that of a ring doughnut. I have found several such stone circles at the termination of stone row pairs at Shovel Down, Chagford Common.

Dowsing of the Merrivale complex took place between 10.50 hrs. and 12.10 hrs GMT on 28th March, 1996 (eight days after New Moon.)

All the stone rows are at right angles to magnetic north and dimensions, marked out in paces, are shown in figure 1. The rows were probably meant to be straight but now show signs of some small deviation, probably due to ground and stone movements.

Fig. 1

The south row circle is so constructed that it lies to the east of that row’s centre line, its western edge just touching the centre line.

Dowsing between the north and south row pairs indicated some sort of “energy field” leaving the north rows and entering the south rows. Exits and entries were at right angles to the stone rows. This “energy field” did not go to the circle but around it. There also appeared to be an energy drift from west to east.

Using a Mager disc, I found nine concentric hemispheres centred on the stone circle. The outer hemisphere related to the colour red and the inner to violet. The seven other hemispheres varied in colour with time.

Both north and south row pairs indicated the colour blue over the stones and the colour violet between them. The maximum violet energy occured at midpoint between the stones in each row pair.

The leat indicated violet across its whole width; there was a sharp energy cut-off at the positions outside where the leat entered and left the row to row “energy field”.

Whilst standing within each north or south row pair, I found my dowsing signals were reversed. The same happened if I stood outside the row pair but pointed at that mid position when asking questions. Hence it was necessary to check one’s dowsing signal repeatedly.

Further dowsing indicated that some form of oscillating energy flow was taking place along the stone rows.

On the north row, end to end oscillation was present along the centre line of that row pair, a frequency of 33 ¹⁄3 kHz being indicated.
On the south row, end to stone circle oscillation was taking place, each half of the row being independent of the other. The oscillation from the row end arrived at the circle and made a six turn clockwise spiral to the circle centre, it then reversed, coming out in a similar fashion (but anticlockwise) back to the row end. Each half of the row had its own oscillating system, no interchange could be detected. Don’t ask me to explain how or why! On each half of the south rows a frequency of 333 ¹⁄3 kHz was indicated, i.e. ten times that of the north rows.

Silica found in stones is silicon dioxide (SiO2).

This molecule has a bond angle of 109°28’16.3″ See figure 2. Examination of ratios found at Merrivale between the north and south row measurements gave some startling results:- the ratio of the North row length divided by half the South gave the tangent of 54°37’11.02″

Fig. 2

The ratio of the South row length divided by the North gave a tangent of  54°51’4.78″. Adding the two above gives 109°28’15.8″ or alternatively a mean of 54°44’7.9″. Now compare this to half the SiO2 bond angle.The distance between the centre lines of the north and south row pairs was 34½ paces.North row = 207 = 6North to South rows 34.5Does 6.0 also have another meaning? When radio transmitting and receiving aerials are ¼ , 1/2 or 1 times the frequency wavelength, resonance occurs between those aerials. Resonance can be very powerful. I have seen the melted windings of a transformer where resonance between the applied frequency and that transformer took place.

I do not believe that it is a coincidence that at Merrivale the site construction is such that the layout dimensions have the same frequency characteristics as the stones themselves. If self resonance within the site is taking place, it would be very powerful, but for the production of what?

I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

© 1997 Bob Sephton & BSD EEG