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King John’s palace, Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Have you, or someone you know, always wanted to have a go at Archaeology? Have you/they, always wanted to experience the excitement and thrill of digging up artefacts from the past, and connecting with the events and people of times long gone?

Well now you/they can, under the supervision of Archaeologists as part of the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project.

Participants will excavate a number of ‘shovel- pits’ under supervision and learn how to trowel and find artefacts from the past as part of ongoing research into the medieval palace of Clipstone.

Shovel pits are 50cm x 50cm square pits excavated to understand the distribution of artefacts from the past in the ground.

This is the perfect way to fulfil a life’s ambition and perhaps take the first steps on a fantastic journey into re-discovering people, objects, and places from the past…  

Introduction to Archaeology Day

A Fantastic Gift for a Friend!!

Experience Digging Day (Introduction to Archaeology Day)

£40 per person per day

Dates to be announced soon.

King John’s Palace was a Royal hunting palace at the heart of the world famous Sherwood Forest in the medieval period.

The site was visited by eight kings from Henry II; in the second half of the 12th century, to Richard II; at the end of the 14th century, and was a once extensive and grand royal palace nestled in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

The archaeology that participants will be involved in forms part of a shovel pitting project investigating the whole site of the royal palace, and everything found will help in the greater understanding of the site. This project is part of a larger body research into the palace of Clipstone, and the wider Sherwood Forest (learn more by checking out the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project. Page).

As part of the day you or your friend will also have a tour of the site and the chance to learn about the History and Archaeology of Sherwood Forest, and about the medieval legends of Robin Hood.

So why not come along yourself or buy a great gift for a friend or family member and become part of the history of the Medieval Royal Palace at the heart of Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest!

King John’s Palace in Sherwood Forest. MAP.

Introduction to Archaeology Day

£40 per person per day

Dates to be announced soon.

OR BOOK All 3 Days for the Price of 2!!

Introduction to Archaeology Day

Mercian’s Festive Yuletide Christmas Dig at King John’s Palace, in Sherwood Forest

12th, 13th and 14th December, 2018. £35 per person per day.

King John’s Palace December 2018

*Includes a Festive Turkey sandwich (or veggie alternative)
and mince pie!!*

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King John’s Palace, Kings Clipstone, Sherwood Forest.

Come and dig test pits at the site of the legendary King John’s Palace in Sherwood Forest…

King John’s Palace was once the Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest.

The Palace was visited by all 8 kings from Henry II to Richard II, with King John possibly holding parliament there in the early 13th century and Edward I holding Parliament there in 1290.

This project forms part of a long running test-pitting project designed to understand the extent of the medieval palace, and surrounding area.

As part of the fun our onsite caterers will be providing festive sandwiches and food, to bring a little festive cheer to the Yuletide proceedings.


Excavation at King John’s Palace
Wednesday 12th December 2018
Price: £35

We will be excavating at the site of King John’s Palace, you will be involved in an archaeological excavation which will form a part of this long-term research project in the heart of the Forest.

You will take part in the dig, and when required also have a chance to undertake drawing, finds processing and other aspects of excavation.

You can come and be part of this exciting project.


Excavation at King John’s Palace
Thursday 13th December 2018
Price: £35


Excavation at King John’s Palace
Friday 14th December 2018
Price: £35



Excavation at King John’s Palace
Wed 12th Thurs 13th & Fri 14th Dec 2017
Price: £70

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