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Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Post-Excavation Work

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All archaeological finds from the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project need processing

Reporting on Archaeological works is essential, and Mercian publish to the highest standards possible. In commercial Archaeology a lack of time and funding often means that Specialist involvement is cut back on.

It is Mercian’s aims through all our work to involve specialists and to process all finds to the highest standards.

At Mercian we are fortunate to have the talents and knowledge of our own in-house expert David Budge who is responsible for the processing of all finds from Mercian’s work, he works alongside the appropriate finds specialists to ensure that the maximum information is attainable from all finds and artefacts and that they are processed recorded, preserved and stored in the best possible way.


Undertaking work to such high standards can be  slow process and therefore we ma


    and recording after excavation or fieldwalking.

Training and learning on the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project:


As part of the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project we are always looking to teach people and to engage them in their heritage in as many ways as possible.


Volunteers receive training, education and learning opportunities in finds processing skills.

All stages of the post-excavation process are undertaken where possible with volunteer archaeologists; with hands on supervision and training from Mercian Archaeological Services CIC.

The best way to learn is hands on!

Learning opportunities include: finds handling, finds washing, finds sorting, weighing, quantifying, and drawing…

Volunteers are trained in handling and recognising finds from all periods from prehistoric worked flints to post medieval ceramics…


All students attending Mercian’s field schools receive training in recognising pottery and artefacts.

As a grassroots community project the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project is fortunate to have the support of many people in Sherwood Forest. The project is run by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC who as a Community Interest Company are part of the community they serve.

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC are fortunate to have been given the use of a finds processing facility in the heart of Sherwood Forest by a generous local landowner.

We are very grateful for this donation which is an example of the community driving this project for all.

In return the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project provides increased value to the landscape of Sherwood Forest through raising knowledge and understanding of the heritage of the forest. Increased value also comes through learning opportunities for volunteers and the community in the investigation of that heritage.



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Weighing Medieval pottery Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Community archaeology finds washing sherwood forest archaeology Finds Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Anallysing a Magnified section of a Medieval pot, showing the complex mineralogy Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project

Volunteers drawing pottery for archaeological reports

Anallysing a Magnified section of a Medieval pot, showing the complex mineralogy Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Archaeology pottery training sherwood forest

Finds identification training for volunteer archaeologists by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC’c finds expert David Budge

Community archaeology finds marking sherwood forest

Volunteers marking pottery and finds for museum accession

Community archaeology finds marking sherwood forest

Finds marking for museum accession

Community archaeology drawing sherwood forest Drawings of Medieval bowls Mercian Archaeological Services CIC Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project

Volunteers drawing pottery for archaeological reports

Community archaeology drawing sherwood forest Drawings of Medieval bowls Mercian Archaeological Services CIC Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project A Magnified section of a Medieval pot, showing the complex mineralogy Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project A Magnified section of a Medieval pot, showing the complex mineralogy Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project A Magnified section of a Medieval pot, showing the complex mineralogy Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project A Magnified section of a Medieval pot, showing the complex mineralogy Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Drawings of Medieval bowls Mercian Archaeological Services CIC Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Drawings of Medieval jars Mercian Archaeological Services CIC Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Drawings of Medieval jugs Mercian Archaeological Services CIC Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Drawings of Medieval jugs Mercian Archaeological Services CIC Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Post-medieval cup and candlestick

The processing that finds go through is a long and slow process that will ultimately result in a FULL archaeological report. This takes many months. This cannot and should not be rushed. Although many people do rush to publish, this will lead to misinterpretation and bad results.

You can follow part of the processing for pottery finds below:

Pottery artefacts are collected in Finds trays on site, labelled with the “Site Code and “context” they were found in:

All finds are washed and cleaned to enable analysis and for long term storage:

Volunteers washing finds at Kings Clipstone

All pottery is sorted by context and identified where possible, and a preliminary scan of the finds is undertaken to identify ware types and dates…

The finds from each context are quantified including by counting and by weight:

Finds have to be analysed:

A section of a pot is examined under magnification to search for inclusions that can identify its source.

Volunteers learning to identify Medieval pottery

Medieval pottery being weighed

A Magnified section of a Medieval pot, showing the complex mineralogy

A Magnified section of a Medieval pot, showing the complex mineralogy

A Magnified section of a Medieval pot, showing the complex mineralogy

A Magnified section of a Medieval pot, showing the complex mineralogy

Finds are labelled for storage:

Individual diagnostic pieces of  pottery are selected or drawing:

Drawings of Medieval bowls © Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Drawings of Medieval Jars © Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Drawings of Medieval Jugs © Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Drawings of Medieval Jugs © Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Re-assembled ceramic artefacts

Finds are photographed:

The above is just a part of the long and meticulous process that is undertaken by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC on artefacts ranging from bone to metal work and ceramics to flint tools and Pot-Boiler Pebbles.

Finds also need to be sent away to specialist finds experts for analysis- this also adds time to the processing but is vital to gaining the best possible results. Because of his knowledge and skills Mercian’s David Budge provides this service to other units. This demonstrates the high regard that Mercian’s work is held in.


All artefacts discovered on any site are of equal important to the story and Mercian treat all artefacts with the same respect and care. We do not discriminate by period and respect all parts of the archaeological record.

Recording and processing finds to this level set Mercian Archaeological Services CIC apart and is part of our mission to undertake long-term research archaeology to the highest standards.