|Douglas Hobbs, Senior Archaeologist|
|The first pit showing artefacts uncovered|
|Norfolk Island Museum Tagalong Tour witness the discovery|
Most smiths burned charcoal in their forges because it was easy to light, burned hotter and cleaner than wood and was readily available, particularly on Norfolk Island. A method for producing charcoal involved a pit kiln process where wood was slowly burned in a shallow pit covered with soil. As these pits were full of charcoal, maybe they were used for making the charcoal to fuel the forges. Much speculation and suggestions were offered to determine what these pits were actually used for, even our museum tour made a diversion to the site to join in the discussion. One suggestion was they were the smithy’s waste pits, this begs the question of why was there such a substantial amount of intact and complete objects located in them. Senior Archaeological Consultant, Douglas Hobbs is on island to oversee the works, Doug has over 43 years of experience in discoveries and archaeological research. Leave it to the expert to answer those questions for us!