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The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project has undertaken a large amount of work investigating the Viking meeting site of Thynghowe in Sherwood Forest with Mercian undertaking excavations, topographic survey, and geophysical survey at the site; alongside the Friends of Thynghowe and the Forestry Commission of England.
The individual phases of work are listed below.
In 2016 work began on the latest project at the site funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund :
Free activities included:
30 Jan 2016 Map Regression Workshop: Old maps and LiDAR of Thynghowe landscape
Sherwood Pines -
13 Feb 2016 Walk around the landscape surrounding Thynghowe
Walk around the landscape surrounding Thynghowe -
27 Feb 2016 Archaeology Workshop 1: About Thynghowe and planning the archaeological investigation
Archaeology Workshop 1 -
12 Mar 2016 Archaeology Workshop 2: The skills needed to take part in an archaeological excavation
Archaeology Workshop 2 -
April 2016 Community Excavation on the hill of Thynghowe
(Participants are expected to have attended the Archaeology Workshops)
Community Excavation on Thynghowe -
16th April Archaeology Public Open Day
Come and see the excavation on Thynghowe and learn about the site and the results so far.
April 2016 Finds Processing following the excavation
Finds Processing -
May 2016 Feedback explaining what we discovered about the past of Thynghowe
Feedback Session -
As many of these events take place in the Forest during winter there may be changes to this timetable due to weather or ground conditions.
Results and photographs from the excavation, will be online when available.
Geophysical Magnetometer survey 2016 and 2015
Funded in partnership with the Forestry Commission, Friends of Thynghowe, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC and the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project.
Excerpt from preliminary results of Magnetometer survey 2016
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The excavation took place over 3 days from the 23rd -
The work involved the hand excavation of one 10m x 1.5m trench at right angles to the central section of a curvilinear earthwork consisting of a bank and ditch and an adjacent trackway.
The excavation was undertaken to investigate the nature of the earthwork; to understand its original shape and dimensions and to determine, if possible, the date of its construction and use. Also to determine, if possible, the age of the adjacent trackway.
The excavations revealed that the bank and ditch were considerably larger than the visible surface remains suggested. Evidence from the excavation and the preceding topographic survey, LiDAR and historic mapping suggests the feature may have originally formed part of a circular enclosure with the bank on the inside of the ditch.
Environmental evidence does not directly suggest the enclosure was formed to enclose and area of woodland (Mike Allen, pers comm.). If the earthwork was originally circular the internal bank suggests the site was designed to limit access to an internal space.
This function, the location of the feature at the extreme periphery of the Parish of Budby where the parish adjoins two others (often ancient meeting sites are at the periphery of landscapes) (Mallett et al 2012), and the spatial proximity to Hangar Hill (a posited Viking assembly site) suggests that it is not impossible that the enclosure may be associated with the possible Viking meeting site of Thynghowe.
The only artefacts recovered from the excavation (except for CBM, iron and pottery all from the adjacent modern trackway) were Heat Shattered Pebbles. These seem to have been deposited after the ditch and bank were constructed.
Their presence, combined with the environmental evidence, indicates that a Bronze Age or Early Medieval construction period for the bank and ditch is not impossible and may even be most likely.
The ‘CourtCircle’ Excavation at Thynghowe, Hanger Hill, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Archaeological Report. Gaunt and Crossley 2014.
Andy Gaunt and Sean Crossley
An excavation of earthworks in the vicinity of Hanger Hill, known historically as Thynghowe, was undertaken in April 2013 funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The excavation was carried out for the Friends of Thynghowe by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC (Mercian).
Reports for 2015 and 2016 coming soon.
Short report for 2015 in Transactions of the Thoroton Society 2015 in line with Mercian’s publications policy.
Award Winners 2016
for "Engaging people in the heritage, history & archaeology of Sherwood Forest".
Official Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project T-
Official Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Coffee Mug for just £8.50 +p&p
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