Mercian Archaeological Services CIC are proud to announce that the Geophysical Magnetometer Survey of the site of Thynghowe, the Viking Assembly site in Sherwood Forest is now available to download from: http://www.mercian as.co.uk/reports/thynghowe_magnetometer_survey_report_2017.pdf
Please check out the new webpage for Mercian’s work at Thynghowe at: http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/thynghowesfap.html for more information about the site and the recent archaeological work there (also have a look at the attached images that show some of the archaeology detected at the site).
The site of Thynghowe is located at the summit of Hanger Hill on the boundary of Budby, Warsop and Edwinstowe parishes, on the edge of Birklands wood, the home of the world famous Major Oak (hideaway of #RobinHood) and the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, and was the location of a meeting site used by Vikings in the heart of Sherwood Forest.
Results suggest that the site could be extremely significant.
The name Thynghowe means ‘hill of assembly’ and the site is the location of a Vikings Assembly site or ‘Thing’. The site is home to a complex of monuments which has been slowly pieced together over many years through painstaking research by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC and the Friends of Thynghowe group.
The Archaeology of Thynghowe:
Recent work at the site has helped to show that the site of Thynghowe consists of a complex of monuments including:
- A ‘thing mound’,
- A circular enclosure 75.0m -77.5m in diameter which has been shown to be Medieval or Saxon in date- which could represent a possible Viking ‘court circle’,
- Holloways including ‘Nether Warsop Gate’
- A spread of pot-boiler stones,
- Two possible hearths,
- Boundary stones for Warsop and Edwinstowe,
- The ‘Birklands Forest Stone’,
- The ditch and bank of the boundary of Warsop and Edwinstowe Parish,
- The possible identification as the village of Budby as meaning the ‘booth farm’ where delegates attending the assembly may have stayed in ‘booths’.
And possibly more features as yet unidentified.
This monument complex of possible ‘assembly features’ could be unique in terms of preservation anywhere in England, and possibly anywhere in Northern Europe and around the Viking Diaspora. Thynghowe is certainly an important site for local heritage and the history of Sherwood Forest and it may well be of international significance!
Despite being told (by archaeologists) in 2004 that there was nothing at the site, Stuart Reddish and Lynda Mallett stuck to the task, formed the Friends of Thynghowe Group, and working alongside archaeological and other experts have helped to save, interpret and begin to understand and promote this amazing site at the heart of Sherwood Forest.
The group has spent 13 years so far studying, working, clearing, maintaining, promoting, and helping to protect this site.They are an amazing example of what community action, commitment, and personal drive can achieve.
It simply cannot be stressed enough that without the dedication, knowledge, inspiration and continuous hard work of the Friends of Thynghowe and all of the other volunteers at the site from the group and general public who have given their time, alongside the incredible efforts of staff in the Forestry Commission (and indeed Mercian!); the site of Thynghowe and its hugely important archaeological remains could have been lost forever and have remained unknown and unrecorded.
At the very least the reward for their collective efforts is that the site is beginning to be recorded and understood, and has been saved for future generations.
The geophysical survey was sponsored by The Forestry Commission, The Friends of Thynghowe, and , CIC through the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/sherwoodforest.html