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These days offer people the chance to get involved in archaeology and to learn new skills under supervision from professional Archaeologists- these make ideal gifts for friends and family who might have always wanted to try archaeology…

These days are also designed to help people who wish to, to gain experience towards completing Primary Skills for their Archaeological Skills Passport.















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Is having a go at Archaeology on your Bucket List?

Have you or someone you know always wanted to try archaeology but never taken the plunge?

Come to one of our Introductory days, and learn how to dig, find artefacts and identify objects from the past…
£30 per person per day.


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Introduction to Archaeology Day

Mercian’s Festive Christmas Plough-soil Test Pit Dig at St Edwin’s Chapel,
in Sherwood Forest

£30 per person per day
children welcome
(U16’s must be accompanied by an responsible adult (1 FREE accompanying adult per child
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St Edwin’s Chapel December 2017


Come and undertake a Geophysical Resistance Survey at one of the most important medieval sites in Sherwood Forest.

You can book by the day £35 per day. December 5th 2017.

This is a real hands-on practical learning experience where you will undertake the survey yourself of this important archaeological and historic site.


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Resistance at St Edwin’s Chapel
Tuesday 5th December 2017
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St Edwin's Chapel in Sherwood Forest

Survey the site of the legendary St Edwin’s Chapel…

Resting place of a saint, or romantic medieval parkland chapel?

Help investigate if this site commemorates the place where Edwin's body lay after his death, or if is a medieval chapel founded as part of the designed Arthurian parkland hunting landscape of the medieval palace of Clipstone, founded by King John. Is it a Saint’s resting place or is it part of a later cult of Edwin, set in a designed landscape?


Survey the site of the chapel, and the surrounding area for Medieval, Saxon and even Roman occupation…

King Edwin, the first Christian King of Northumbria was killed in the year 633AD at the Battle of Hatfield somewhere in the area that later became Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire,.

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Come and hunt for and record archaeological features in the world famous

Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve

Survey at one of the most important medieval sites in Sherwood Forest.

You can book by the day £10 per day or £50 for a 2018 Season Ticket,
or come to 5 sessions and get the remainder FREE


This is a real hands-on practical learning experience where you will undertake the survey yourself of this important archaeological and historic site.


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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Wednesday 17th January 2018
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Thursday 18th January 2018
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Friday 19th January 2018
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Wednesday 24th January 2018
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Thursday 25th January 2018
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As home to the Major Oak, Legendary hideaway of Robin Hood, the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve is famous around the world!

The National Nature Reserve is actually in two main parts, the ancient woodlands of Birklands and Bilhaugh to the south centring on the Major Oak, and the large expanse of ancient lowland heath to the north known as Budby Open.

In medieval times the Forest was characterised by these two landforms of woodland and heath. This was the landscape of the great medieval hunt. It was the landscape of wilderness and chase that attracted the Kings of England for sport and pleasure, and also offered the hideaway of the medieval outlaw.

The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey

Geophysical Survey Days

Come and have a go at Geophysical Magnetometer Survey. Learn to measure the earth’s magnetic field to detect variations in the soil which might help to reveal archaeological remains…

Geophysical magnetometer survey is the most widely applied method of geophysical prospection used in the UK to detect and map archaeological sites.

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Fieldwalking uses girds or lines to divide up a field in order to allow the objective collection and recording of artefacts. Come and learn the techniques involved in this form of archaeological prospection.



By looking at the distribution of artefacts within a field we can begin to say something about the type and nature of past activity in that field.  

In archaeology the ability to measure the location of a site, artefact, or earthwork is essential.

Come and measure accurate points to record archaeological sites and their features, and help to understand them in their landscape.



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Come and dig test pits at the site of the legendary St Edwin’s Chapel… Resting place of a saint, or romantic medieval parkland chapel?

King Edwin, the first Christian King of Northumbria was killed in the year 633AD at the Battle of Hatfield somewhere in the area that later became Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.

Help investigate if this site commemorates the place where Edwin's body lay after his death, or if is a medieval chapel founded as part of the designed Arthurian parkland hunting landscape of the medieval palace of Clipstone, founded by King John. Is it a Saint’s resting place or is it part of a later cult of Edwin, set in a designed landscape?

Survey the site of the chapel, and the surrounding area for Medieval, Saxon and even Roman occupation…


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Test Pit Dig at at St Edwin’s Chapel
Wednesday 6th December 2017
Price: £30


We will be digging test pits in the plough soil to look for artefacts to help us to date the chapel site.

Please note these are not standard 1m x 1m test pits. We will be digging 0.5m x 0.5m test pits only into the plough soil. No archaeological features will be excavated. The test pits are designed to investigate the distribution of artefacts in the topsoil without damaging lower archaeological layers.

You will get to dig a number of pits to search for finds from the past which will form a part of this long-term research project in the heart of the Forest.

You can come and be part of this exciting project.



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Test Pit Dig at at St Edwin’s Chapel
Thursday 7th December 2017
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Test Pit Dig at at St Edwin’s Chapel
Friday 8th December 2017  
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Test Pit Dig at at St Edwin’s Chapel
Wed 6th Thurs 7th & Fri 8th Dec 2017
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Friday 26th January 2018
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Birklands Wood Survey: Dates in January

Budby Heathland Survey: Dates in February

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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Monday 12th February 2018
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Tuesday 13th February 2018
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Wednesday 14th February 2018
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Monday 19th February 2018
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Tuesday 20th February 2018
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Wednesday 21st February 2018
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Birklands Wood Survey: Dates in March

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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Wednesday 7th March 2018
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Thursday  8th March 2018
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Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Survey
Friday 9th March 2018
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Or buy a season Ticket for £50 and come to ALL or as many 2018 Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve survey days as you like.

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Level One Survey Days


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famous Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve as part of our Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project.

Level One Survey consists of searching for, detecting, identifying and recording archaeological earthworks or features in the field and recording them for the first time.



Level One Survey is the first stage of any archaeological fieldwork project.   

In this survey we will be exploring areas of the world

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The landscape of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve has was also used by people to graze animals and at times to grow crops during the medieval period, and this survey will search not only for evidence of medieval activity, but will also investigate the landscape from Prehistoric and Roman times through to the more recent activity in the Second World War and the use by the army.

Come and be part of a survey to identify archaeological features in parts of the ancient Birklands Wood, and on the

Birklands Wood was Crown woodland in the heart of Sherwood Forest in medieval times, and is home to nearly 1000 veteran Oak Trees., And archaeological features from the Roman and Medieval periods to the Second World War and everything in between.

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Picture: Sherwood Forest Heath © Mercian Archaeological Services CIC 2015

Picture: Sherwood Forest Heath © Mercian Archaeological Services CIC 2015

Picture: The Major Oak in the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve © Mercian Archaeological Services CIC 2015

Using results from airborne LiDAR survey and historic mapping as a guide you will walk through the winter Forest detecting, photographing and recording archaeological features. You will be part of a project investigating areas of this ancient woodland that have never been recorded before.

This is a level one survey which will record archaeological features and introduce surveyors to the techniques involved in this archaeological technique. As a result as well as being a wonderful way spend winter days, it is also designed to tie in with criteria for the Archaeological Skills Passport.

If you don’t want to buy a season ticket straight away you can come for a few session to try it out, after 5 sessions you will be granted a season ticket for the remainder of the 2018 survey period anyway!