Location: King John’s Palace, Kings Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Dates: Week A: 13-17 July 2020 Week B: 20-25 July 2020 Week C: 10-14 Aug 2020 Week D: 17-21 Aug 2020
Cost: £250 per person
Age: 16(+) but please email to discuss regarding 15 yrs and under
Training / Experience: No experience required
Accommodation: No
Organization: Mercian Archaeological Services CIC
Name: Andy Gaunt or Sean Crossley
Address: Staffordshire House, Beechdale Road, Nottingham, NG8 3FH
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07512 845 291


Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool [Photo Credit: Mercian Archaeological Services CIC]

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.

This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger, and you will receive training and experience in many techniques of excavation, including The Core Skills of the Archaeological Skills Passport. For more detail about what this includes, visit

About the site:

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, and was used for hunting and feasting, jousting and entertaining royalty. According to legend, King John held Parliament under an oak tree there in the run up to Magna Carta, and Edward I held Parliament there in 1290.

The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Field School focuses on the medieval hunting lodge and palatial enclosure of the King’s Houses, now known as King John’s Palace, and the designed landscape that surrounded it.

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.

For more information about the excavation, visit the project website here.


  1. CA
    April 25, 2016 @ 8:44 am

    Hi Colin,

    Thank you for your comment. You can get in touch with HARP directly at or using the other contact details at the top of this page.

    Best wishes,

    The CA Team


  2. kelly sharratt
    October 20, 2019 @ 12:12 pm

    It’s been my life long dream to study history and archeology, but life never presented me with an opportunity. How could I go about becoming a student/apprentice?


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