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At Mercian we offer a variety of archaeological training schools, that enable delegates to choose the school most suited to their needs.

These include our ‘training field school’ experience; covering a wider variety of topics and skill-sets, and our more traditional ‘training excavations’ focused more on teaching, and learning, digging, and recording techniques. We also provide a “post-processing” field school covering many aspects of archaeology including finds processing and recording, and working with GIS and other technologies.


These schools are held at iconic and legendary sites rich in archaeology and heritage.

Current schools include:





 







Archaeological Field Schools

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Discover King John's Palace free excavation

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 2021 Field School is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil the requirements of the

Archaeological Skills Passport.


Take your skills to the next level by joining our week long

Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training
Field School 2021

at King’s Clipstone.

Price £250 per person


Archaeological Skill Passport Archaeology Field School Sherwood Forest

For more information and to book your place(s) please click here.

Archaeological Training Field School 2021:


This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger.

We cover 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;

And we also provide lessons in:

3 dimensional surveying with a total station; Finds Processing; Pottery identification; Finds handling; Finds processing; Flint Knapping Demonstrations; History of Ceramics lectures and much more…

Field Days include lunch provided by our field caterers which will be eaten in our welfare area in the field.


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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.

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.

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…

2021 Dates:

Week A: 12th - 16th July

Week B: 19th - 23rd July

Week C: 9th - 13th August

Week D: 16th - 20th August


Join Mercian Archaeological Services CIC in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales for this week-long training excavation, which focuses on the teaching of archaeological excavation methods.


As well as offering the very best in archaeological training and support, this training excavation is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport.


Bainbridge Archaeological Training Excavation 2021

At Bainbridge, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire.

Price £250 per person


2021 Dates:

Week 1: 6h - 10th

September

Week 2: 13th - 17th

September


Archaeological Skill Passport

The beautiful village of Bainbridge was formerly the administrative centre of the medieval Forest of Wensleydale, and the magnificent Bolton Castle near Leyburn dominates the valley to the east. A Roman fort looms large over the village on the eastern side.

The site of the excavation is overlooked by a Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age Slight Univallate Hillfort. This fort occupies the high ground at the top of a steep slope on the southern side of the site.

We will be concentrating our excavations on the possible medieval manorial complex to the north of this fort, which has been identified from earthworks and recently discovered pottery (see below).


The area is famous not only for its beautiful landscape, but also it world famous cheese, and as the backdrop to the Television series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’.


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Archaeological Training Excavation 2021:

This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger.

This training course focuses on the skills of archaeological excavation. You will receive training and experience in many techniques of excavation, including many Core Skills listed in the Archaeological Skills Passport:

Handtools (Trowel etc), Handtools (Spade, Mattock etc), Site Formation Processes, Stratigraphic Excavation, Context Sheet Recording, Site Photography, Dumpy Level and Staff, Archaeological drawing, Artefact Recovery, Recording & Storage, Site Safety.

This training course focuses on excavation and recording skills but there will also be a chance to undertake a number of 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, a mixture of classroom sessions and hands on training from our Archaeological experts.


For more information and to book your place(s) please click here.



Discover King John's Palace free excavation

This training school is designed to provide training and experience in various aspects of the post excavation process. All tuition and training will be carried out under the supervision of experienced tutors, with finds training lead by Mercian's ceramic specialist David Budge.

 The course is designed to give delegates an understanding of what is involved in the post excavation process for finds, ranging from initial cleaning and processing of the finds as they come out of the ground, through to some of the specialist analysis that finds are subject to, through to illustration and preparation of the finds for publication.


The course is designed to allow delegates to gain experience of handling finds and to develop the ability to look at artefacts critically with a view to recognising the clues that give evidence of what they were used for and that can help to identify them.


The course also provides training in archaeological drawing techniques including preparing plans and /or sections for publication, and training in working with site archives to create site matrices.

Delegates will also learn archaeological GIS (Geographic Information Systems) including working with survey data, preparing maps, working with historic mapping, creating and working with 3D models.

Take your skills to the next level by joining our week long

Post-Fieldwork Training School 2021

at King’s Clipstone.

Price £250 per person


Archaeological finds training session



*Please note that while aspects of this course will be in-depth, attendance on the course will not qualify delegates to work as finds specialists or archaeological illustrators; no matter how high the quality of tuition a week long course cannot substitute for the years of experience, training and knowledge required.


Archaeological Skill Passport

As well as offering the best in archaeological training and support, the 2021 Post-fieldwork training school is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil the requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport.

Tin Tabernacle King John's Palace

All training will take place at the Tin Tabernacle, King John’s Palace, Kings Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England.


For more information and to book your place(s) please click here.

postex

welby

Archaeological Training Excavation 2021:

This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced digger.

This training course focuses on the skills of archaeological excavation. You will receive training and experience in many techniques of excavation, including many Core Skills listed in the Archaeological Skills Passport:

Handtools (Trowel etc), Handtools (Spade, Mattock etc), Site Formation Processes, Stratigraphic Excavation, Context Sheet Recording, Site Photography, Dumpy Level and Staff, Archaeological drawing, Artefact Recovery, Recording & Storage, Site Safety.

This training course focuses on excavation and recording skills but there will also be a chance to undertake a number of 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, a mixture of classroom sessions and hands on training from our Archaeological experts.


For more information and to book your place(s) please click here.



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Welby Archaeological Training Excavation 2021

At Welby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

Price £250 per person


2021 Dates:

Week 1: 14th - 18th  June

Week 2: 21st - 25th June



Join Mercian Archaeological Services CIC in the beautiful Leicester countryside for this week-long training excavation, which focuses on the teaching of archaeological excavation methods.


As well as offering the very best in archaeological training and support, this training excavation is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport.


Archaeological Skill Passport

The Deserted Village of Welby is situated 3km to the north-west of Melton Mowbray town-centre, off the Nottingham Road (A606), in North Leciestershire.


The site “sits within a historically rich landscape with close proximity to prehistoric and Romano-British activity that could extend within the area of the site.”

The site sits a few miles north of the Historic market town of Melton Mowbray.

“Melton Mowbray is a town in Leicestershire, England, 19 miles (31 km) north-east of Leicester, and 20 miles (32 km) south-east of Nottingham. It lies on the River Eye and the River Wreake and has a population of 25,554. The town is well known for a culinary speciality, the Melton Mowbray pork pie, and as the home of one of the six licensed makers of Stilton cheese. Melton Mowbray is sometimes promoted as Britain's "Rural Capital of Food".

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melton_Mowbray)


#sherwoodschool

The Sherwood Forest Archaeological
Training Field School, Nottinghamshire

#bainbridge

Bainbridge Archaeological Training Excavation, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire

#postex

Post-Fieldwork Training School, King John’s Palace, Nottinghamshire

Welby Training Excavation, Welby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Click on the links above to view each field school in turn and follow links to the individual pages to see which field school most suits your requirements and preference.

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