All archaeological finds from the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project need processing


External Specialists:

Reporting on Archaeological works is essential, and Mercian publish to the highest standards possible.

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

At Mercian we work with some of the leading experts around the country to provide the highest quality and to extract the most information possible from our work.

Specialists cover a whole range of artefact analysis including:

Ceramics, Metalwork, Human Bones, Animal Bones and more…

We also use specialists for environmental sampling, thermoluminesence dating, radicarbon dating, dendrochronology and more…


Internal Specialists:

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.

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:




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

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

Picture: 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:

Picture: Medieval pottery being weighed

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

Anallysing 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

Volunteers learning to identify Medieval pottery

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

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

Finds have to be analysed:

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

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

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

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Finds marking for museum accession

Volunteers drawing pottery for archaeological reports

Finds are labelled for storage:

Individual diagnostic pieces of  pottery are selected or drawing:

Volunteers drawing pottery for archaeological reports

Community archaeology finds marking sherwood forest

Volunteers marking pottery and finds for museum accession

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

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Drawings of Medieval Jugs © Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Finds are photographed:

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Drawings of Medieval Jars © Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Drawings of Medieval Jugs © Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Post-medieval cup and candlestick

Re-assembled ceramic artefacts

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.


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.





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The Sherwood Forest
National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey

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Long term Research at 
King John’s Palace:
Ancient Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest

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The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool

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“Scirwuda- Mapping the Greenwood”: Place-names,
Ghost and Shadow woods of Sherwood Forest Project

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Investigating Thynghowe Viking
Meeting Site

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Searching for the 
The Battle of Hatfield

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Edwinstowe Church Survey

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 Fieldswork at St Edwin’s Chapel

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St Mary’s Norton- Cuckney Church Survey

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 Mapping Medieval Sherwood Forest

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The Sherwood Forest LiDAR
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The Sherwood Villages Project:
Settlement Development in the Forest

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Sherwood Heath Survey

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 Clipstone Village Dig

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Researching Edward IIs fortification at Clipstone Peel

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Ransom Wood Survey

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Thoresby Estate Survey

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The Landscape of Wellow Project

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The Cistercians of Rufford Project:
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Sherwood Forest Environmental Survey

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