As well as the above all school attendees will receive the following:

  2 Evening field visits (optional attendance):

2 evening lectures (optional attendance) 6pm-7pm, subjects to include:

History of Archaeology


King John's Palace, Sherwood Forest

About King John’s Palace and Sherwood Forest

The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool focuses on the al 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.

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…

All included as part of the field school

Payment options

You can book your place for any of the weeks of the field school via a number of ways:


Experience Nottinghamshire Robin Hood Town Tours Nottingham Castle City of caves Nottingham Nottingham University Archaeology Museum Galleries of Justice Nottingham Creswell Crags Mansfield Museum

If you are coming to our field school and you are new to Sherwood Forest why not stay a while and have a look at some of the other things there are to do in this landscape of legends…

THynghowe Trail Vicar Water County Park Clumber Park Sherwood Pines The Jolly Bodgers of Sherwood Forest Newstead Abbey Wollaton hall and Deer Park Thoresby Courtyard Welbeck Estate

Thank you

During the course of the Field School there will be a FREE (optional) evening tour of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve

King Clipstone is approximately 3 miles from the Sherwood Forest National Reserve, home of the world famous Major Oak.

This 1,000 year old ancient veteran oak is perhaps the most famous tree in England and is reputed to be the legendary hideaway of Robin Hood.

During the course of the field School we can take you on a guided tour of the nature reserve and show you some of the other majestic veteran oak trees, and take you on a journey through the landscape and archaeology of this legendary forest.

This is a great opportunity to wander through Sherwood Forest and learn from the people who know its history and heritage.

Please note that Archaeology can be quite physically demanding, so please contact to discuss any limiting factors with regard to you undertaking fieldwork. There are aspects of the course such as finds processing that are less physically challenging. Please contact us if you have any issues.

Please note we do not provide accommodation. We can provide a list of local accommodation from camping to hotels- but it is the responsibility of the individual booking on to the field school to organise their own accommodation.

Any list provided should not be seen as a recommendation by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC.


By booking a place on the field school you are agreeing to abide by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC’s TERMS and CONDITIONS and by our CODE of CONDUCT.  

Click here to view full terms and conditions including our health and safety policy

Students at the Archaeology Field School Sherwood Forest

Click on the pictures below to see pictures from previous Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Field Schools:

Field School Gallery 2015

Gallery 2014:

Field School Gallery 2014 Discover King John's Palace free excavation Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Fieldschool 2016

Gallery 2016

Gallery 2015

Archaeology Field School Sherwood Forest Finds Lesson Archaeology Field School Sherwood Forest

You will receive training and experience in many techniques of excavation,

including The Core Skills of the Archaeological Skills Passport:

Site Safety

Plus many higher level archaeological techniques that make up the Secondary Skills of the Archaeology Skills Passport including:

As well as covering skill requirements for the Passport we also provide:


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.

Archaeological Training Field School 2018:

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


For those wishing to develop their skills, for students and post-graduates seeking to fulfill the experience requirements of their courses… for those wishing to pursue a career in archaeology, or improve their knowledge to give them the edge at work… for 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…. through to people simply wishing to learn for the love of learning…

Everyone is welcome… no previous knowledge or experience is required…

Archaeology Field School Sherwood Forest


To pay by cheque or bank transfer, please contact us below stating which week you wish to attend and how you wish to pay.

or If you require more information before booking please contact us via our email:

Fieldschool booking form- choose your week, and your payment option below and click “Buy Now”


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

Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training Field School 2018

at King’s Clipstone.

Price £250 per person

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In the meantime have a look at the following websites for more information:

Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project pages:

King John’s Palace:


Places are limited so please book promptly to avoid disappointment.

WEEK A 6th - 10th August, 2018

Book your place by paying in FULL £250:


Pay £120 DEPOSIT to reserve your place:


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WEEK B 13th - 17th August, 2018

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Pay £120 DEPOSIT to reserve your place:


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WEEK C 20th - 24th August, 2018

Book your place by paying in FULL £250:


Pay £120 DEPOSIT to reserve your place:


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Week A: August 6th -10th 2018

Week B: August 13th - 17th 2018

Week C: August 20th - 24th 2018

Price £250 per person

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