A trial trench excavated in 2008 in advance of a new access road and car park revealed a single large pit, the precise date and function of which was unclear. There was clear evidence of in-situ burning taking place within the feature, and the presence of frequent large fragments of vitreous slaggy material indicate that the material being burnt was the local limestone. The most likely function for this process is to burn the local stone to break it down to create lime to make mortar, and in this context it is likely to be associated with a phase of building work on the Hardwick Hall estate. It may have been associated with a sequence of intercutting pits found further east (within Nottinghamshire) which were interpreted as the result of quarrying stone for the lime-burning. (1)
Unpublished document: Clay, C (AAA). 2008. Archaeological Evaluation Report: Trial Trenching to the South-East of Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
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AULT HUCKNALL, BOLSOVER, DERBYSHIRE
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