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Excavation of 'Derbyshire Ware' pottery kilns, Overlane Farm, Hazelwood, 1958
Overlane, Hazelwood and Jennytang Wood
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In 1957, 3 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 dated back to AD260. This is a close up of one of the kiln entrances. Under the two slabs of rock that have slipped down would be where the fire would be laid to bake the pots.