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At Mercian Archaeological Services CIC we offer a full range of Archaeological Training Fieldschool opportunities across a variety of iconic and legendary sites rich in archaeology and heritage including:

The Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool at King John’s Palace, former royal heart of Robin Hood’s world famous medieval Sherwood Forest;

More sites coming soon…

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

|  Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire  |

Discover King John's Palace free excavation

This is not an ordinary fieldschool - this is a ‘Training Fieldschool’ where you will learn about all aspects of archaeological excavation and receive hands on training and learning from archaeological professionals in the heart of Sherwood Forest…

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.

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

Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training
Fieldschool 2019

at King’s Clipstone.

Price £250 per person

Archaeological Skill Passport Archaeology Field School Sherwood Forest

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

Archaeological Training Field School 2019:

This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger.

We cover the Core Skills of the Archaeological Skills Passport:

Handtools (Trowel etc); Handtools (Spade, Mattock etc); Site Formation Processes; Stratigraphic Excavation; Context Sheet Recording; Site Photography; Site Grid and Trench Layout;; Dumpy Level and Staff; Planning; Section Drawing; Collection of Samples; Artefact Recovery; Recording & Storage; Site Safety;

And we also provide lessons in:

3 dimensional surveying with a total station; Finds Processing; Pottery identification; Finds handling; Finds processing; Flint Knapping Demonstrations; History of Ceramics lectures and much more…

Field Days include lunch provided by our field caterers which will be eaten in our welfare area in the field.


The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool focuses on the al hunting lodge and palatial enclosure of the King’s Houses, now known as King John’s Palace, and the designed landscape that surrounded it.

King John’s Palace was the Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest in the Medieval period.

The site was visited by all 8 kings from Henry II to Richard II, with King John possibly holding a proto-parliament there in the early 13th century and Edward I holding Parliament there in 1290.

As part of the field school attendees will have the opportunity to learn all about Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, outlaws, foresters, the landscape of Sherwood Forest in medieval times, the forest law, courts, offences and judiciary, the Palace at Clipstone, monasteries, chapels and hermitages, hunting parks, Nottingham Castle , Sheriffs and much much more about life in Medieval Sherwood Forest…

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2019 Dates:

Week A: 22nd - 26th July

Week B: 29th July - 2nd August

Week C: 12th - 16th August

Week D: 19th - 23rd August