The Future of Sherwood’s Past

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About the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project

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Robin Hood and the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project

The ethos and aims of the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project:

The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project has the tag-line "the future of Sherwood's Past" and aims to be a new community driven way of undertaking and supporting archaeological and historical research in the forest.




The Sherwood Forest Archaeology project is a Community Archaeology project- this means involving volunteers and the community in all aspects (where possible) of archaeological research and investigations.


The project is designed to bring sustainability to archaeological projects and investigations in Sherwood Forest by combining a number of funding streams including private, corporate, public and crowd-funding.


The project aims to undertake long-term research across the whole area of Sherwood Forest and beyond.


The project also seeks to be a free resource, where all research and fieldwork are available to the community at large, to foster a greater understanding of the heritage of Sherwood Forest.


The project aims to promote the notion of a wider Sherwood Forest that stretches across the multitude of sites that link together to make up this unique and exciting landscape.


The Project engages people from all walks of life and ages; including adults with learning difficulties, young people, as well as those currently out of work desiring transferable skills, students needing experience, and volunteers... in this landscape of legends and folklore... all overseen by professional community archaeologists.

Internet and social media output is designed to share knowledge but to also promote the landscape of the forest to a global audience, which we hope will result in all the benefits to the community brought about by a raising of its profile.


The project seeks to foster a wider appreciation of the heritage and landscape of Sherwood Forest in order to promote better management of the landscape and heritage, and also to encourage tourism.


The project believes in fostering connections between businesses and groups to create networks that are powerful and sustainable, which can bring about genuine change in the area.


The output from the projects research can be seen at the project blog: www.sherwoodforesthistory.com (well over 150,000 global page views)

and at the Facebook page : www.facebook.com/sherwoodforesthistory (around 5,000 followers).


The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project is currently developing and funding many projects across the forest area including Spa Ponds and Clipstone Peel, St Edwin's Chapel, King John's Palace, Clipstone, Edwinstowe and others. The project has also undertaken many phases of work in Kings Clipstone and King John's Palace.


The project provides support to the work of community groups in Sherwood Forest by provide access to experts on the archaeology of the forest.


The project archaeologists can offer archaeological consultancy to groups.


The project also supports the work undertaken by groups in the forest and promotes this via websites and social media top  a global audience.



Community Benefits:

Archaeological Benefits:


The project aims to undertake long-term research across the whole area of Sherwood Forest and beyond.


The project and individual sub-projects are designed to follow and answer key regional and national research questions.


The project is designed to form part of a new Post-Roman ceramic type series for Nottinghamshire.


The project aims to employ archaeologists to undertake investigations to the highest possible standards and for the purposes of research- enabling employment where there was none.


The project puts research back at the fore-front of investigations. For too long archaeology has become simply a part of the planning process, preventing long term research strategies.


Undertaking projects based on research means that sites that have and will not be looked at in the planning system can receive the attention they deserve.


The project seeks to raise standards in archaeological investigations and recording and dissemination in the area.


All archaeological works are carried out to the standards and guidance of the Institute for Archaeologists.


The project offers training and work experience opportunities to archaeology students and post-graduates.


The project employs archaeological specialists from ceramics, environmental sciences, geologists, geophysicists, forensics, metalwork, bones (animal and human), and utilises academics and professionals to provide work for others in the industry and to provide the highest quality research.


All finished reports are submitted with the local authority Historic Environment Records office.


All reports are available for download from Mercian Archaeological Services CIC.


Oasis entries are made for all reports. Unfortunately Nottinghamshire is one of only two local authorities not signed up to the Oasis system in the entire United Kingdom, so this facility will be limited until this is changed.


Project Study Area:


Sherwood Forest is located entirely within Nottinghamshire, a county located almost directly in the centre of England in the English East Midlands.


The project area is mainly focused within the historic medieval boundaries of Sherwood Forest as defined by perambulations from the 13th-17th centuries.


The boundaries of the project area are shown on the map below.

Map: Location of Nottinghamshire. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nottinghamshire _UK_locator_map_2010.svg

The project mainly focuses within the boundaries of Sherwood Forest from the 1218 onwards.


The forests in Nottinghamshire spread across the whole of Nottinghamshire north and West of the Trent in the time of Henry II 1154, Richard I, 1189-199 and John 1199-1216. Projects can focus anywhere North and West of the Trent if they date from this period.


The study area also includes medieval parks and parkland anywhere in Nottinghamshire along with any sites with a link to Forest administration or with associations to Sherwood Forest within Nottinghamshire.

Map: Boundaries of Sherwood Forest circa 1300 by Andy Gaunt of Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

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The project aims to help communities to engage in their heritage, and is underpinned by a strong belief in the power of the narrative of that heritage; in bringing about social cohesion, and a sense of place and belonging.


The project also seeks to bring increased value to the landscape of the forest through a better understanding of the heritage of that landscape; through the direct involvement of the community in the research, and through the sharing of that new knowledge with the wider world.


The project seeks to bring investment into Sherwood Forest, directly to the project, but also through increased foot-fall, with visitors to projects and events spending money in the area at the various attractions and in local businesses.

Robin Hood Society Feather in Your Cap Award 2016

Winners 2016

   

Award Winners 2016

for "Engaging people in the heritage, history & archaeology of Sherwood Forest".

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World-wide Robin Hood Society

Robin Hood Society Feather in Your Cap Award 2016

World Wide Robin Hood Society Award to the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project and Mercian Archaeological Services CIC:

Robin Hood Sherwood Forest Award Community Archaeology Nottingmhamshire Andy Gaunt Mercian Archaeological Services CIC Robin Hood Society Feather in Your Cap Award 2016

Winners 2016

We are extremely proud to announce that:


The Sherwood Forest Archaeology and History Project and Mercian Archaeological Services CIC have won an award from the World-Wide Robin Hood Society for "Engaging people in the heritage, history & archaeology of Sherwood Forest".




Robin Hood Sherwood Forest Award Community Archaeology Nottingmhamshire Andy Gaunt Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Picture: Andy Gaunt, Director, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC (right), and  Robin Hood (Ade Andrews) aka Ezekial Bone (left) receiving awards from  Bob White, Chairman of the World-wide Robin Hood Society (centre).


Robin Hood Sherwood Forest Award Community Archaeology Nottingmhamshire Andy Gaunt Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

The "Feather in Your Cap" Award presented to Mercian recognises the hard work, expertise and dedication we have put in over the years to investigating, interpreting and promoting the heritage of our world famous Sherwood Forest and King John's Palace.

We also received the award alongside our dear friend the one and only Mr Robin Hood himself Ezekial Bone, aka Ade Andrews- who received a special award for his long term dedication to promoting Robin Hood to the world!


Well done Ade and well done us!

Robin Hood Sherwood Forest Award Community Archaeology Nottingmhamshire Andy Gaunt Mercian Archaeological Services CIC Robin Hood Sherwood Forest Award Community Archaeology Nottingmhamshire Andy Gaunt Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Picture: Andy Gaunt, Director, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC (right), and  Robin Hood (Ade Andrews) aka Ezekial Bone (left) receiving awards from  Bob White, Chairman of the World-wide Robin Hood Society (centre).

Picture: Andy Gaunt, Director, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC (left), and Sean Crossley, Driector, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC (right) receiving award from  Bob White, Chairman of the World-wide Robin Hood Society (centre).

Picture: Andy Gaunt, Director, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC (left), and Sean Crossley, Driector, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC (right) receiving award from  Bob White, Chairman of the World-wide Robin Hood Society (centre).


 Project page links:

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 Project Home page

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 About the Project

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 Funding the Project

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 Project Partner Organisations

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 Project Sponsors

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 Robin Hood Challenges

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 Fieldwork

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 Research

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 Finds Processing

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 Bus Tours - Outreach

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 King John’s Palace

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 Robin Hood’s Village

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 Thynghowe

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 Battle of Hatfield

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 St Edwin’s Chapel

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 Clipstone Village Dig

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 Medieval Sherwood Map

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 Media

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 Links page

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 About Sherwood Forest

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 Forest Law

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 Why Sherwood Forest?

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 Boundaries of Sherwood

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 Landscape of Sherwood

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 Outlaws & Villains

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 Stories from the Forest

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 Bibliography

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