Mercian are delighted to announce the dates for our 2017 Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool.
We are really looking forward to a great summer to build on the fantastic success over the past few years. The fieldschool has proved extremely popular and everyone who has attended has had a great time in previous years. It is a massive highlight of Mercian’s year, and we really hope to see some familiar faces, and to get to know many new people at this years school.
Week A: July 10th – 14th 2017
Week B: July 17th – 21st 2017
Week C: July 31st – August 4th 2017
Week D: August 7th – 11th
Price £275 per person
Students returning from 2014, 2015 or 2016 will receive a 10% discount
For more details and booking options please see the website: http://mercian-as.co.uk/fieldschool.html
This is not an ordinary field school – this is a ‘Training Field School’ 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 2017 Field School is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil the requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport.
This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger.
For those wishing to develop their skills, for students and post-graduates seeking to fulfill the experience requirements of their courses… for those wishing to pursue a career in archaeology, or improve their knowledge to give them the edge at work… for those looking to acquire cross-transferable skills… for volunteer diggers wishing to raise their game, impress their friends, and increase their enjoyment of archaeology and heritage through a greater skill set and knowledge base…. through to people simply wishing to learn for the love of learning.
Everyone is welcome… no previous knowledge or experience is required.
You will receive training and experience in many techniques of excavation,
including ALL 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
- Section Drawing
- Collection of Samples
- Artefact Recovery, Recording & Storage
- Site Safety
Plus many higher level archaeological techniques that make up the Secondary Skills of the Archaeology Skills Passport including:
- Survey (Total Station)
- Finds Processing
- As well as covering skill requirements for the Passport we also provide:
- Pottery identification
- Finds handling
- Finds processing
- Flint Knapping Demonstrations
- History of Ceramics lectures
And much more…
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.
- Prehistoric Technologies
- Pot-boiler stone making
- Pottery identification
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
About King John’s Palace and Sherwood Forest
King John’s Palace (previously known as the King’s Houses) 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.
Recent Archaeological work by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC has helped to reveal the size and importance of the site, and has also interpreted the surrounding lordship as a ‘designed’ medieval romantic hunting landscape.
The palace was sat at the heart of medieval Sherwood Forest and provided amenities for hunting, royal retreat, and the entertaining of foreign royalty and important members of society.
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 more about life in Medieval Sherwood Forest…
In the meantime have a look at the following websites for more information:
For more information please see our King John’s Palace http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/kjp_sfap.html and Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project http://mercian-as.co.uk/sherwoodforest.html pages, and The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sherwoodforesthistory
Please read the terms and conditions before booking.
We really hope to see you there please get in touch if you have any questions.