Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool 2018

by | 15 December 2017 | Heritage, Hobbies, Sherwood

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC are pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool.

Tickets are now on sale via their website,, for Week A: 6th to 10th August 2018, Week B: 13th to 17th August 2018 and Week C: 20th to 24th August 2018. The price is £250.00 per person.
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 2018 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 and would suit:Anyone wishing to develop their skills, for students and post-graduates seeking to fulfil the experience requirements of their courses.
  • Those wishing to pursue a career in archaeology, or improve their knowledge to give them the edge at work
  • 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
  • Anyone simply wishing to learn for the love of learning.

Everyone is welcome, and 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 and many higher level archaeological techniques that make up the Secondary Skills of the Archaeology Skills Passport.
The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool focuses around 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 eight 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.