Publications

We publish all or our work to the Standards and Guidance of the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists in line with Archaeological Best Practice.



        

When a report or article is available for public access it will be accessible via the links below:

 As professional archaeologists the full publication of our work is essential.

Mercian never undertake archaeological works without reporting to the required levels, and believe that reporting is a fundamental requirement of the profession. Reports are one of the ways in which a company’s ethos and professionalism can be judged and Mercian always strive to produce reports of the highest standard in order to meet our aim of producing quality research.  

We would advise anyone to please check that a provider has a track record of delivering reports before working with them.



Publications and Academic Papers:

Transactions of the Thoroton Society (of Nottinghamshire): A romantic royal retreat, and an idealised forest in miniature: The designed landscape of medieval Clipstone, at the heart of Sherwood Forest

Andy Gaunt and James Wright. 2013.

Transactions of the Thoroton Society (of Nottinghamshire): Community Archaeology  at Thynghowe, Birklands, Sherwood Forest.

Lynda Mallett, Stuart reddish, John Baker, Stuart Brookes and Andy Gaunt. 2012.

http://www.thorotonsociety.org.uk/publications/tts/trans116.htm

Transactions of the Thoroton Society (of Nottinghamshire): Bothamsall Castle, Nottinghamshire. An Archaeological and historical Landscape Analysis.

Andy Gaunt and James Wright, 2011.

http://www.thorotonsociety.org.uk/publications/tts/trans115.htm

University of Birmingham Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity: Clipstone Park and the Kings Houses- Reconstructing and interpreting a medieval landscape through non-invasive techniques.

Andy Gaunt 2011


http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/Mercian_Occasional_Paper_1_Clipstone_Pa.pdf

Stone Age Nottinghamshire Book:

by David Budge (and a chapter on the Neolithic by Chris Robinson).

Before becoming a director of Mercian Archaeological Services CIC; David Budge wrote a book on the archaeology of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Nottinghamshire (whilst working for Nottinghamshire County Council).



http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stone-Age-Nottinghamshire-David-Budge/dp/0902751700

Standing Building Survey Report: Brammer Farm House & Arundel Cottage

James Wright, 2014


http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/Brammer_Farm_House_and_Arundel_Cottage.pdf

Excavation of the Medieval Boundary Ditch of King John’s Palace, Kings Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.

Andy Gaunt, David Budge, Sean Crossley, and James Wright, 2015.


http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/Excavation_of_the_Medieval_Boundary_Ditc.pdf

The Clipstone Village Archaeology Project Phase 1 Interim Report.

David Budge. 2013.

Test-pitting the Waterfield Demense Interim Report, Clisptone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

David Budge and Andy Gaunt. 2013.

Standing Building Survey Report: Brammer Farm House & Arundel Cottage. Interim Report.

James Wright. 2013.

Media/ Television/ Newspapers:

Mercian in Heritage Daily Magazine:

Archaeologists further knowledge of Palace in Sherwood Forest   

http://www.heritagedaily.com/2013/10/archaeologists-further-knowledge-of-palace-in-%E2%80%8Bsherwood-forest%E2%80%8B/99198

Archaeological Reports:

King John's Palace Boundary Ditch Excavation Report Thynghowe archaeological excavation report Sherwood Forest Nottinghamshire

Robin Hood's Village Dig 2014, Test Pitting Project, Interim Report.

Andy Gaunt, 2014.


http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/Robin_Hoods_Village_Dig_2014_Test_Pittin.pdf

Mercian in the Chad Newspaper: Unearthing Mansfield’s secret past

Andy Gaunt

http://www.chad.co.uk/news/local/unearthing-mansfield-s-secret-past-1-6220209

Thynghowe Hanger Hill ‘Court Circle Excavation Interim Report. 

Andy Gaunt. 2013.

Carved 14th Century Medieval Window Tracery, from the site of King John’s Palace.

David Budge. 2014.

Field- Walking at St Edwin’s Chapel, Clipstone. Interim Report.

David Budge. 2014.

Geophysical Magnetometer Survey Interim Report., King John’s Palace, Clipstone.

Andy Gaunt 2014.

Excavation at King John’s Palace (Summer School  2014) Interim Report.  

David Budge. 2014.

Edwinstowe Test Pitting Project Interim Report.

Andy Gaunt. 2014.

Standing Building Survey Report: Maun Cottage. Interim Report.

James Wright. 2014.

An Integrated Archaeological Survey of Cuckney Churchyard, Castle, and surroundings.
Cuckney, Nottinghamshire, 2016. Archaeological Report.

Andy Gaunt and Sean Crossley, 2016.




http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/cuckney_report.pdf

Battle of Hatfield

Discover King John’s Test-pitting project Interim Report.

David Budge. 2015.

Geophysical Ground Penetrating Radar Survey, King John’s Palace Interim Report.

Andy Gaunt 2015.

Thynghowe Geophysical Magnetometer Survey Interim Report.

Andy Gaunt. 2015.

Cuckney Castle and Churchyard Survey Interim Report.

Andy Gaunt. 2015.

Ashby Bath Grounds, Geophysical Survey and Topographic Survey Report 2016, Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC Andy Gaunt

Ashby de la Zouch Geophysical Magnetometer, and Resistance Survey, and Topographic Survey Report 2016. Ashby Bath Grounds, memorial Field and Council Field, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. Archaeological Report.

Andy Gaunt, 2016.




http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/Ashby_de_la_Zouch_Magnetometer_and_Topographic_Survey_Report_2016.pdf

Excavation of an 18th Century Pottery Kiln at Ley Farm, Heath End, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. Interim Report.

David Budge, 2014.


http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/Excavation_of_an_18th_Century_Pottery_Ki.pdf

“Digging the Demense”, Community Archaeology Test Pitting Project, at Waterfield Farm, King’s Clipstone, Nottinghamshire. Interim Report.

David Budge, 2014.


http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/Digging_the_Demense_Community_Archaeolo.pdf

Kings Clipstone Village Project, Interim Report.

David Budge and Andy Gaunt, 2014.



http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/Kings_Clipstone_Village_Project_Interim.pdf

Russia coverage of Мерсийской археологической службы ( Mercian Archaeological Services CIC's ) work at King John's Palace:

http://polit.ru/article/2013/11/16/ps_hood/

Sherwood Forest in Russian Newspaper BBC Robin Hood Sherwood Forest Archaeology Experience Nottinghamshire Robin Hood Sherwood Forest Archaeology Nottingham Post Robin Hood Sherwood Forest Archaeology

BBC Website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-28292998

Nottingham Post Article:

http://www.nottinghampost.com/Robin-Hood-time-team-digs-past-people-s-gardens/story-21464302-detail/story.html

Nottinghamshire NottsTV Robin Hood Sherwood Forest Archaeology

Robin Hood’s Village Dig on NottsTV:

Experience Nottinghamshire Blog on the Robin Hood’s Village Dig:

http://news.experiencenottinghamshire.com/digging-for-history-with-mercian-archaeological-services/

Nottinghamshire NottsTV Robin Hood Sherwood Forest Archaeology Nottinghamshire NottsTV Robin Hood Sherwood Forest Archaeology

Walking Through History with Tony Robinson- Channel 4.

King John’s Ruin: In Sherwood Forest and the Peak District, Tony Robinson explores the story of King John, the hapless monarch who stumbled from one crisis to another.

Mercian’s Andy Gaunt is interviewed at King John’s Palace (above) having acted as consultant to the show.



Channel Four's Walking Through History with Tony Robinson Sherwood Forest and King John's Palace

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/walking-through-history/on-demand/59252-005

Channel Four’s Walking Through History with Tony Robinson- Andy Gaunt Interviewed by Tony Robinson at King John’s palace, and at The Parliament Oak in Sherwood Forest.


Andy Gaunt acted as programme consultant, locations advisor and onsite expert.

Mercian in Current Archaeology Magazine February 2014:

Hunting King John's Palace in Sherwood Forest... covering some of our work for the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project.

Page 11 Issue 287.


Archaeology Magazine (USA) September / October 2016

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC and our work at King John’s Palace in the Sept-Oct 2016 edition of the Archaeology Magazine- Official Publication of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Royal Sherwood: A long-overlooked site, the excesses of English royalty, and the origin of a legend


http://www.archaeology.org/issues/225-1609

Archaeology Magazine Robin Hood Sherwood Forest King John's Palace Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

East Midlands Community Archaeology News, Issue 1.

http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/East_Midlands_Community_Archaeology_News.pdf

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Transactions of the Thoroton Society (of Nottinghamshire):Ice Age Journeys: Research by a Community Archaeology Group at Farndon Fields, Newark, Nottinghamshire

Daryl Garton, Colin Baker, Vanessa Banks, Nick Barton, David Budge, Simon Collcutt, Simon Price, Ian Ross, Deodato Tapete and Richard Tyndall. 2015.

Topographic Survey at King John’s Palace in Sherwood Forest.
Castle Field, Waterfield Farm, Kings Clipstone, Nottinghamshire.

Andy Gaunt, 2017.




http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/kjp_topographic_survey_report_2017.pdf

Geophysical Magnetometer Survey at King John’s Palace in Sherwood Forest.
Castle Field, Waterfield Farm, Kings Clipstone, Nottinghamshire.

Andy Gaunt, 2017.




http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/kjp_magnetometer_survey_report_2017.pdf

King John's Palace Sherwood Forest Geophysical Magnetometer Survey

Discover King John’s Palace Ploughsoil Test-pitting at King John’s Palace in Sherwood Forest.
Castle Field, Waterfield Farm, Kings Clipstone, Nottinghamshire.

David Budge, 2017.





http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/dkjp_report_2017.pdf

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Publications

http://www.thorotonsociety.org.uk/publications/tts/trans119.htm

http://www.thorotonsociety.org.uk/publications/tts/trans117.htm

Archaeoastronomical and Topographic Survey of Edwinstowe church, Edwinstowe, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire., Nottinghamshire.

Andy Gaunt, 2017.





http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/edwinstowe_church_survey_report_2017.pdf

Geophysical Magnetometer Survey at Thynghowe, Hanger Hill, in Sherwood Forest.
Castle Field, Waterfield Farm, Kings Clipstone, Nottinghamshire.

Andy Gaunt, 2017.





http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/thynghowe_magnetometer_survey_report_2017.pdf

Thynghowe geophysical survey King John's Palace Sherwood Forest Topographic Survey

Interim Reports of all of Mercian’s are Published in the local archaeological journals:

Excavation at King John’s Palace 2016 Interim Report.

David Budge 2016.

Excavations at Thynghowe, Sherwood Forest 2016 Interim Report.

Our Research

Our expertise and focus is on the archaeology of the East Midlands, with our staff possessing a large amount of archaeological experience in this region.

We believe the best way to make real advances in the overall understanding of an area is to specialise in that area; and to try to maintain a continuity of knowledge and experience in the staff working in that area.

Such a commitment allows Mercian Archaeological Services CIC to set a number of long term research goals which could not be addressed within the scope of a single project.

Currently, understanding the post-Roman ceramic sequence and understanding medieval settlement and landscape development within our area of interest are paramount amongst these goals. We are also at the fore-front of research into the Archaeology of Sherwood Forest, and run the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project.

We also have expertise in post excavation analysis, particularly finds processing and analysis.




Professional Publication Standards

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC is an Affiliate Member of the Council for British Archaeology.

We  undertake to abide by all relevant professional archaeological codes of practice and standards and guidance, including those of the IFA and English Heritage.

We are committed to the full dissemination of the results of all our work, and to the lodging of the information with the relevant repositories.

Full publication of our work is essential and we consider it a priority to publish everything promptly; both for an academic audience but also in more accessible formats such as the Internet, magazines, leaflets, and newspaper articles in order to ensure the widest possible dissemination.

Mercian never undertake archaeological works without reporting to the required levels, and believe that reporting is a fundamental requirement of the profession. Reports are one of the ways in which a company’s ethos and professionalism can be judged and Mercian always strive to produce reports of the highest standard in order to meet our aim of producing quality research.  

Mercian publish interims of all their work annually in the Transactions of the Thoroton Society Short Reports.

Reports for clients are published promptly in line with contractual agreements for delivery.

For long term self funded research projects; such ongoing research projects at King John’s Palace in Sherwood Forest http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/kjp_sfap.html - interims are published in the annual Transactions of the Thoroton Society Short Reports, and appear where possible on Mercian’s publication pages.

Full reports for long term projects are published at the end of the research projects in line with the standards and guidance of the Institute for Archaeologists.

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC are fully insured for all work undertaken; including Public Liability, Employers Liability and Professional Indemnity.

Staff are qualified Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate holders.

All Mercian staff have up to date DBS certificates











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- Andy Gaunt and Mercian have been on Radio 4 a number of times promoting our work and providing insights into the history and Archaeology of the region.



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The Derbyshire Archaeological Journal: Fieldwork in Derbyshire by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC 2013-2015.

David Budge 2017.

http://www.derbyshireas.org.uk/

The Castle Studies Group Journal:

‘A palace for our kings’ - A decade of research into a royal residence in the heart of Sherwood Forest at Kings Clipstone, Nottinghamshire.

 James Wright & Andy Gaunt, 2014.

http://www.castlestudiesgroup.org.uk/page128.html

Geophysical Magnetometer Survey of Clipstone Peel, Beeston Lodge, in Sherwood Forest.

Forest Town, Nottinghamshire.

Andy Gaunt, 2018.





http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/clipstone_peel_magnetometer_report_2018.pdf

A Desk-based Assessment of Budby South Forest, Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve. Budby, Nottinghamshire. Part of the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey.

Andy Gaunt, 2018.





http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/budby_south_forest_dba_2018.pdf

The ‘CourtCircle’ Excavation at Thynghowe, Hanger Hill, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Archaeological Report. Gaunt and Crossley 2014.

Andy Gaunt and Sean Crossley, 2014


http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/The_CourtCircle_Excavation_at_Thynghowe.pdf

St. Edwin's Chapel fieldwalking, Clipstone, 2017. Interim Report.

David Budge. 2017.

Geophysical resistance Survey at Thynghowe, 2017 Interim Report.

Andy Gaunt, 2017.

Topographic and Magnetometer Survey at Clipstone Peel, 2017. Interim Report.

Andy Gaunt, 2017.

St. Edwin's Chapel ploughsoil test-pitting, Clipstone, 2017. Interim Report.

David Budge. 2017.

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Medieval Wall Paintings at the Church of St Mary, Cuckney, Nottinghamshire. Norton Cuckney, Bassetlaw District, Nottinghamshire.

David Budge, 2018.





http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/reports/MAS36_cuckney_church_paintings.pdf

Geophysical Ground Penetrating Radar and Topographic Survey of St Helen’s Church, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire.


Andy Gaunt, 2018.


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The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeology Survey, 2018 Annual Report.


Andy Gaunt, 2018.


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