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At Mercian we offer a variety of ‘indoor’ courses which are predominantly classroom based.

Current schools include:

Post-Fieldwork Training School,


The ‘Exploring Landscape Archaeology’ Course
(includes a number of site visits which involve delegates walking in woodland).

Click on the links below to view each field school in turn and follow links to the individual pages to see which field school most suits your requirements and preference:


The ‘Exploring Landscape Archaeology’ Course, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire


Post-Fieldwork Training School, King John’s Palace, Nottinghamshire

Discover King John's Palace free excavation

This training school is designed to provide training and experience in various aspects of the post excavation process. All tuition and training will be carried out under the supervision of experienced tutors, with finds training lead by Mercian's ceramic specialist David Budge.

 The course is designed to give delegates an understanding of what is involved in the post excavation process for finds, ranging from initial cleaning and processing of the finds as they come out of the ground, through to some of the specialist analysis that finds are subject to, through to illustration and preparation of the finds for publication.

The course is designed to allow delegates to gain experience of handling finds and to develop the ability to look at artefacts critically with a view to recognising the clues that give evidence of what they were used for and that can help to identify them.

The course also provides training in archaeological drawing techniques including preparing plans and /or sections for publication, and training in working with site archives to create site matrices.

Delegates will also learn archaeological GIS (Geographic Information Systems) including working with survey data, preparing maps, working with historic mapping, creating and working with 3D models.

Take your skills to the next level by joining our week long

Post-Fieldwork Training School 2021

at King’s Clipstone.

Price £250 per person

Archaeological finds training session

*Please note that while aspects of this course will be in-depth, attendance on the course will not qualify delegates to work as finds specialists or archaeological illustrators; no matter how high the quality of tuition a week long course cannot substitute for the years of experience, training and knowledge required.

Archaeological Skill Passport

As well as offering the best in archaeological training and support, the 2019 Field School is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil the requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport.

Tin Tabernacle King John's Palace

All training will take place at the Tin Tabernacle, King John’s Palace, Kings Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England.

For more information and to book your place(s) please click here.



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Take your skills to the next level by joining our week long

‘Exploring Landscape Archaeology’ Course 2021

at King’s Clipstone, and around Sherwood Forest

Price £250 per person

2021 Dates:

Week of

24th - 28th May 2021

£250 per person

Archaeological GIS Training:

Delegates will work with survey data and learn how to create maps, vector layers and geo-reference raster images, as well as create and work with 3D models.

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present spatial or geographic data.

Archaeologists use GIS for many things including creating maps, analysing landscapes, understanding archaeological sites, creating 3D models, viewshed analysis, presenting survey data and more.

GIS is a great way to integrate data from projects and can be used to analyse that data as well as present it in the form of maps for publication.

The images to the left include GIS being used in building analysis, surveying, map work, and the displaying of geophysical survey data.

Alongside 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…

Archaeological Skill Passport

As well as offering the best in archaeological training and support, the ‘Experience Landscape Archaeology’ course is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport.

For more information and to book your place(s) please click here.

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2021 Dates:

Week of

25th - 29th October, 2021

£250 per person

This 5-day Landscape Archaeology course combines class-room lectures, practical workshops (using computer-based applications), field visits, and site tours of the landscape to give an immersive learning experience, introducing students to the wide and exciting field of landscape archaeology.

The course uses the legendary landscape of Sherwood Forest as the main case study, with site visits to the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and other local historic landscape locations, and also includes examples from around the UK and the wider world, to enable students to experience the subject first-hand and to begin seeing the landscape in a new way.

The course introduces many of the methods available for examining, recording and viewing the landscape, and for reconstructing historic landscapes, including:

The above will cover the theory and methodology of the various techniques above. Geophysical and topographic survey will not be undertaken on this course (please see Topographic survey courses and geophysical survey training courses if this is required). Delegates will get to work with Historic mapping data, aerial photographs, and LiDAR data sets.

The physical landscape is explored including:

The cultural or human landscape is then studied in relation to this underlying physical landscape, including:

Field trips identify features in the landscape as studied in the classroom and discusses how landscapes can be reconstructed from this evidence.

The course then looks at different layers of the imaged or human landscape:

The course then looks at some of the ways archaeologists attempt to understand the subjective human experience of landscapes in the past including:

The course is located at King John's Palace in Sherwood Forest, and includes site visits to the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve and surrounding landscape.