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We provide Archaeology experiences, field schools, training, opportunities, education, heritage outreach, archaeological consultation, and community archaeology for volunteers and groups. We are based in Nottingham, Derby and Lincoln, in the East Midlands, UK.
Had a go at Archaeology already and want to learn more about your heritage?
Want to develop and learn new skills…
Meet new people…
Improve your CV…
Get involved in the outdoors…
Be part of a community experience..?
Sherwood Forest is a place of myths and legends known throughout the world as the home of Robin Hood...
The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project enables people from all walks of life to become involved in an amazing community archaeology project… come and join the project which includes:
Take your skills to the next level by joining our week long
Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Field School 2018 at King John’s Palace.
As well as the above all school attendees will receive the following:
All techniques are taught and experienced throughout the week, with hands on training from our Archaeological experts. Every attendee will learn to excavate, draw sections and plans, and fill in context sheets and paperwork.
Delegates will undertake workshops in surveying including:
Measuring and recording heights with a dumpy level
Laying out a trench in the field from co-ordinates
3 dimensional surveying with a total station
Hands on learning and training is supplemented with seminars covering many of the subjects listed above - providing the theory behind the practice.
All attendees will receive a welcome pack with room for all handouts from lectures.
This course is suitable for people of all archaeological abilities from beginner wishing to take their first step, to experienced diggers wishing to take the next step, and from university students and post-graduates needing more experience, to retired people wanting to fulfill a life’s ambition… all are welcome and will be treated equally… the experience is tailored to the individual through hands on personal supervision.
Pot-boiler stone making,
Field Days include lunch provided by our field caterers which will be eaten in our welfare area in the field.
A tuck shop is also available for snacks and drinks to be bought throughout the day.
Onsite toilet facilities are provided along with welfare tents.
All equipment is provided, although you are welcome to bring you own trowels etc (more details when you have booked).
As well as all the above you will learn about the history and archaeology of Sherwood Forest, and also about the designed royal hunting landscape and Palace at its heart. Mercian Archaeological Services CIC run the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project and are at the leading edge of research into this landscape of legends…
Also included in the price for 2017 (optional attendance):
2 Evening field visits (optional attendance):
Field Visit to Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve- learn about Forest Law, the History of Sherwood Forest, and see some of the archaeology in the Country Park- also visit the Major Oak, legendary hideaway of Robin Hood!
Field visit to Laxton - Visit the earthworks of Laxton Castle former home of the Keepers of Sherwood Forest (also with links to King John), see the medieval open 3 field system (the only surviving in England), and visit the church with its interesting carvings, and the local visitors centre with its 17th century map of the village and its fields.
2 evening lectures (optional attendance) 6pm-7pm, subjects to include:
History of Ceramics
Geology and Landscape of the Sherwood region - the importance of the “Ancient Landscape”
Viking and Saxon Sherwood Forest
History of Archaeology
As well as covering skill requirements for the Passport we also provide:
Flint Knapping Demonstrations,
History of Ceramics lectures,
And much more…
Click on the pictures below to see pictures from previous Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Field Schools:
The tour departs from West Bridgord sat 9:15 and Wellington Circus in Nottingham at 9:30am and returns by 17:30 depending on traffic.
No food or refreshments are provided on the journey. Toilets are available at three of the sites mentioned above.
Now collecting from West Bridgford at 9:15 am
As well as usual collection from Nottingham Playhouse at 9:30am
Renowned expert Archaeologists from Mercian Archaeological Services CIC’s Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project have come together with local Historian, Archaeologist and Specialist Peter Hammond , and Blackmore Commercials Ltd. To provide this fantastic heritage tour of legendary Sherwood Forest.
The tour combines unrivalled local knowledge of historic Sherwood Forest with an opportunity to ride on board a vintage RouteMaster bus.
The tour stops at the famous Sherwood sites listed above and also explores many of the sites and villages along the way that make up this magical landscape.
The tour stops for an hour at Rufford Abbey to allow for a visit around the site and for refreshments stops at the various cafes at the site, and to visit the shop and exhibitions.
The tour also stops for an hour at the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve to allow visitors time to explore and also to purchase lunch or eat at the visitors centre, and to visit the shop and exhibitions.
The afternoon visits are for half an hour at King John’s Palace with a tour of the site provided by Andy Gaunt of Mercian.
The visit to Newstead includes an external tour of the buildings by Peter Hammond. An internal tour can be booked on arrival but is subject to the usual charge for the site. The cafe is available for afternoon teas.
You can also follow the King John’s Palace Archaeology and History Project at:
Mercian are very proud that our projects have received funding from the following organisations:
As a Community Interest Company we re-invest profits in future project development, to promote opportunities, and to offer community-based events.
Our projects aim to bring people together with, and improve understanding of, our shared heritage.
If you like what you see please sign up and come and join us via our Contact page.
We give people the chance to work alongside professional archaeologists providing a hands-on learning opportunity. Volunteers get to have a go and learn all types of Archaeological techniques from test-pitting to open area excavation.
Unlike other companies we do not make you stand and watch!
Where funding is raised we offer FREE opportunities for volunteers.
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Week A: August 6th -10th 2018
Week B: August 13th - 17th 2018
Week C: August 20th - 24th 2018
Price £250 per person
You can still join our waiting list by contacting us and telling us you would like to attend.