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Excavation of 'Derbyshire Ware' pottery kilns at Overlane Farm Hazelwood
Overlane, Hazelwood and Jennytang Wood
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In 1957, three Roman pottery kilns were discovered at the farm. These kilns are thought to have produced 'Derbyshire Ware' pottery. Derbyshire Ware is extremely hard, gritty pottery with a pimply surface and varies in colour from buff, through brick-red to dark blue-grey or purple. This pottery was produced and distributed across central and northern Britain and the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. Some pitchers found there dated back to AD260. This picture shows circular kilns. Top right hand corner kiln - two 'V' shaped pieces of rock can be seen. This is where the fire for the kiln was put, in order to bake the pots.