Fieldwork

The Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training FieldSchool 2018

Location: Nottingham, NTT, GB

Season: August 6, 2017 to August 24, 2018

Session Dates: Week A: August 6th -10th 2018 Week B: August 13th - 17th 2018 Week C: August 20th - 24th 2018

Website: http://mercian-as.co.uk/fieldschool.html

Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:
no

Affiliation:
Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Project Director:
Andy Gaunt, Director, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC, David Budge, Director, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC, and Sean Crossley, Director, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Project Description:

Take your skills to the next level by joining our week long Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Field School 2018, at Kings Clipstone.  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. As well as the above all school attendees will receive the following: 

You will receive training and experience in many techniques of excavation, including 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: Plus many higher level archaeological techniques that make up the Secondary Skills of the Archaeology Skills Passport including:

  • Survey (Total Station)
  • Finds Processing

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.

  • Lunchtime demonstrations:
  • Prehistoric Technologies:
  • Pot-boiler stone making,
  • flint-knapping
  • 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… 

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 King John’s Palace, Sherwood Forest 

The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool focuses on the 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. 

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 much more about life in Medieval Sherwood Forest… 

All included as part of the field school

Period(s) of Occupation: Saxon, Norman, Medieval.

Notes:
The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool focuses on the 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.  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 much more about life in Medieval Sherwood Forest… 

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week

Minimum Age: 16

Experience Required: 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.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Accomodatoin is not provided, however there are many hotels, hhostels, bed and breakfast, youth hostels and camping sites in the neighbouring villages. Cost: £250 (Sterling) per person per week

Contact Information:


Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Staffordshire House Beechdale Road

Nottingham

Nottinghamshire

NG8 3FH

United Kingdom

info@mercian-as.co.uk

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