Charcoal burning platform or white coal kiln, Lea Wood, Dethick, Lea and Holloway.
Evidence for a post medieval pit or hollow in Lea Wood has been identified from high-resolution LiDAR imagery dating to 2015-2016 by Bluesky. The survey was commissioned by Trent and Peak Archaeology on behalf of DerwentWISE Project. (1)
The area was excavated in 2013 and shown to be either a charcoal burning platform or a q-pit. Believed more likely to have been a q-pit, a clamp in which the wood was dried for use as a fuel in lead smelting rather than burned in a low oxygen fire as is the case in charcoal burning. 'Cut  was dug in order to create a pit, and stones were laid possibly to house fuel for burning directly on the subsoil, or to provide a structure for the pit. The residue of a burning event was present. There only appeared evidence for a limited number or a single burning event, this indicates that residue and build up of materials may have been cleaned out before the next burn was carried out.' (3)
Digital data: Malone, S (TPA). 2016. GIS data from the DerwentWISE Project High Resolution Lidar Analysis.
Unpublished document: Walker R, J Tong, K Mapplethorpe, V Park and L Strafford (ARS Ltd). 2013. Lea Wood, Derbyshire Heritage Community Project: Archaeological Excavation Report. 14.
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