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 Post subject: charcoal production adjacent to iron mining
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 5:33 pm 
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Does anyone know of evidence visible on the ground of charcoal production as part of an iron mining complex?

I believe that I know of a site that had the hut for the charcoal burner and two adjacent but downwind "kilns", the remains of which are small oval rings, apparently of clay.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:59 am 
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Frank,

Welcome to the site! I've seen many sites that show some evidence of charcoal production. I generally haven't been documenting the sites because they really don't photograph well. In what area did you observe these? I wish they would photograph well as it could be an interesting thread, but generally the evidence isn't defined well enough to photograph.

Miner Greg


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:57 pm 
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Miner Greg,

I think this site will photograph okay -- especially the remains of the hut itself. I have a posting related to this on
http://www.archaeologyfieldwork.com/AFW
and got a little feedback.
In that posting I mention a German video showing a charcoal burner coming "out of retirement" in 2004 to make charcoal the old, direct way.
My plan is, perhaps as early as this December, to bring a group of my 8th-grade students out to the farm to photograph the site and begin to clean it up.

Thanks for your response.

Frank


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