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Sherwood Forest Archaeological Training
Fieldschool 2019

at King’s Clipstone.


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Here are some of the arrangements and details to enable you to come along and join the fieldschool, and to get the most out of the experience.

This page will be update regularly so please check back occasionally to stay up to date.

If you have any questions not answered on this page please email us at info@mercian-as.co.uk


Start and finish times

Directions to site

Getting to site by Car

Getting to site by Bus

Getting to the area by Train

Lifts to site during fieldschool

What to bring

What to Wear

Dietary Requirements

Archaeological Skills Passport

Health and Safety

Accommodation

Background Reading



Start and finish times:


Monday 9:30 - 17:00

Tuesday 9:30 - 17:00 (optional evening walk* 17:30 - 20:30. If you are staying in accommodation you will need to inform them you will be wishing to eat late on this evening- or bring some food with you as we will leave for the walk straight from site).

Wednesday 9:30 - 17:00

Thursday 9:30 - 17:00 (optional evening tour* of wider Sherwood Forest 17:30 - 21:00. If you are staying in accommodation you will need to inform them you will be wishing to eat late on this evening- or bring some food with you as we will leave for the walk straight from site).

Friday 9:30 - 17:00


(Please note evening finish times are guides for those arranging lifts and pick ups from friends and parents and are flexible):


*Evening tours

On Tuesday Night we will take an optional guided tour around the Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve to investigate the archaeology of the site, and learn about the history and ecology of the Forest.


PLEASE NOTE: *Parents and friends are welcome to attend the evening tours*


We positively encourage friends and family of attendees especially if they are staying locally to attend our evening tours around Sherwood Forest. It is a great way for people to meet each other, to meet us, and also can help to give everyone a fuller experience of the Forest and join in with the week.


Please be aware the first morning will be a slower start and will include:


Welcome coffees and teas,

Paperwork, signing in risk assessment and inductions,

Introductory presentations,

Site tour,

and much more.


There will be lunch provided everyday at 12:30.



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Directions:



The address of the site is Castle Field, Waterfield Farm, Kings Clipstone.


The nearest Postcode for satnav is NG21 9BW.


The site is shown on the maps below (which can be clicked on to visit Google maps or click here for Google Map directly.

















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The entrance to Castlefield is marked with a red arrow, and the place to park and the location of the site hut are marked with a blue arrow. The wide area map shows King Clipstone's location in relation to the surrounding villages and major roads.



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By Car:



From the direction of Mansfield:




From Edwinstowe:


Head South through Edwinstowe village on the B6034.

On leaving the village at the cross-roads (Robin Hood Pub) turn right onto the B6030.

Continue into Kings Clipstone.  

Drive through the centre of the village and follow the road as it rises steeply to the left. At the top of the hill turn into the entrance to Castle Field via a farm gate.

On entering the field, drive in and follow the route to the left over the hill to the Green Tin Building on the far side of the field as shown above.



From the north - via A1 southbound:


Turn off the A1 at the junction for Ollerton Worksop and Sherwood Forest.

At the Roundabout follow the A614 south to Ollerton.

Continue until the turning for Kings (old) Clipstone on the B6030.

Continue into Kings Clipstone.  

Drive through the centre of the village and follow the road as it rises steeply to the left. At the top of the hill turn into the entrance to Castle Field via a farm gate.

On entering the field, drive in and follow the route to the left over the hill to the Green Tin Building on the far side of the field as shown above.



Heading North from Nottingham:


Follow the A614, after passing Rufford Abbey turn left onto the B6034 to Edwinstowe.

At the crossroads before Edwinstowe (Robin Hood Pub) turn left onto the B6030.

Follow the B6030 into Kings Clipstone. Drive through the centre of the village and follow the road as it rises steeply to the left. At the top of the hill turn into the entrance to Castle Field via a farm gate.

On entering the field, drive in and follow the route to the left over the hill to the Green Tin Building on the far side of the field as shown above.



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By Bus:


The following bus routes are listed as guidance only. You can search online for buses to Kings Clipstone (if having problems try also ‘Old Clipstone’. (Mercian are not responsible for any changes to the times or routes listed below- please check for yourself well in advance.


From Edwinstowe to Kings Clipstone:


https://moovitapp.com/?from=Edwinstowe&to=Kings%20Clipstone,%20Newark%20And%20Sherwood&fll=53.194549_-1.062535&tll=53.176314_-1.099352&timeType=arrive&time=1541667600000&customerId=4908&metroId=2103&lang=en-gb&t=1


From Mansfield (or any destination along the route) to Kings Clipstone:


https://moovitapp.com/?from=Mansfield&to=Kings%20Clipstone,%20Newark%20And%20Sherwood&fll=53.144652_-1.199585&tll=53.176314_-1.099352&timeType=arrive&time=1541667600000&customerId=4908&metroId=2103&lang=en-gb&t=1


From Nottingham to Kings Clipstone:


https://moovitapp.com/?from=Nottingham&to=Kings%20Clipstone,%20Newark%20And%20Sherwood&fll=52.966383_-1.15333&tll=53.176314_-1.099352&routeTypes=bus&customerId=4908&metroId=2103&lang=en-gb&t=1


From Nottingham to Edwinstowe:


https://moovitapp.com/?from=Nottingham&to=Edwinstowe&fll=52.966383_-1.15333&tll=53.194549_-1.062535&routeTypes=bus&customerId=4908&metroId=2103&lang=en-gb&t=1


From Nottingham to Mansfield:


https://moovitapp.com/?from=Nottingham&to=Mansfield&fll=52.966383_-1.15333&tll=53.144652_-1.199585&routeTypes=bus&customerId=4908&metroId=2103&lang=en-gb&t=1




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By Train:


The are regular trains to Nottingham, and from Nottingham to Mansfield. Please check the relevant websites for details and to book tickets.



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Lifts to site during fieldschool:


If you have travelled to your accommodation and have no transport to site we can offer lifts if you are staying within 5 miles of site.


Please contact us for more information via email.



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What to wear:


Please bring suitable clothing, sturdy footwear, a hat and suncream- we are not sure what the weather will do!



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What to Bring:


Please bring any tools you wish to use, but all equipment will be provided. If you wish to bring your own trowel (orinvest in your first one) we recommend a 4 inch archaeology trowel- you can buy them online.

Please also bring a note book and pen/pencil. For drawing please bring a 4H pencil if you can find one, eraser etc.



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Skills Passport:



You may also wish to get a skills passport which you can get filled in at the end of the week: http://www.archaeologyskills.co.uk/



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Dietary Requirements:



Please let us know if you haven't already whether you have any dietary requirements eg vegetarian, (including allergies), so we can inform our caterers.


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Health and Safety:



At Mercian we take Health and Safety very seriously.

A copy of the Risk Assessment for the Fieldschool will be available online soon. Please ensure that you read this and inform us that you have done so via email at info@mercian-as.co.uk before attending the course (we will email people to remind them).

We will also go through the risk assessment on arrival to ensure everyone has read and understood, and there will be site talks and tool box talks before you enter the site.

Reading the Risk Assessment in advance and familiarising yourself with it will enable a smooth induction on the first morning.


Below is an example Risk Assessment, please click on the link below if you wish to have a look.


http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/pdf/field_school_example_ra_2018v1_1.pdf









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Accommodation:


Mercian do not recommend accommodation for the fieldschool and cannot be held responsible for any accommodation booked in order to attend the fieldschool.


We do recommend for logistical purposes that you consider staying close to the site.


A search for accommodation online in Edwinstowe and Kings Clipstone will provide links to a wide variety of accommodation types ranging from camping to hotels and BnBs to Pubs and Guesthouses.


The following are places that attendees have stayed at before and have reported to have had a reasonable time:


Edwinstowe:


The Forest Lodge  http://www.forestlodgehotel.co.uk

The Dukeries Inn https://www.thedukerieslodge.co.uk

YHA Edwinstowe https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-sherwood-forest


Clipstone:


The Bridleways Guesthouse https://www.stayatbridleways.co.uk/

Sherwood Forest Holiday Park (camping) http://www.sherwoodforestholidaypark.co.uk/

Forest Holidays https://www.forestholidays.co.uk/sherwood-forest/


Wellow:


The Maypole Inn https://www.maypoleinn.com/




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Background Reading:



Anyone wishing to undertake background reading before attending the Fieldschool may wish to have a look at the following literature on archaeological practice:



Archaeological resource management in the UK: an introduction ( John Hunter and Ian Ralston)


Field archaeology: an introduction ( Peter Drewett)


Archaeology: an introduction (Kevin Greene)


Techniques of Archaeological Excavation (Philip A, Barker)


Archaeology: theory, methods and practice (Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn)


Digging up the past: an introduction to archaeological excavation  (John Collis)


Archaeology, the basics (Clive Gamble)


Doing archaeology (Donald Henderson)


Archaeological site manual, 3rd ed (MOLA) – free download




Please have a look at the previous work undertaken at the site of King John’s Palace via our


King John’s Palace Project Page


And check out the wider research in the Sherwood Forest area at:


Sherwood Forest Archaeology Page



You can stay up to date with goings on at Mercian via our social media websites at:


Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project pages:


http://mercian-as.co.uk/sherwoodforest.html

http://twitter.com/archistsherwood

http://www.facebook.com/sherwoodforesthistory


King John’s Palace:


http://twitter.com/KingJohnsPalace

http://www.facebook.com/kingjohnspalace

http://twitter.com/KingJohnsPalace


Mercian:


http://www.facebook.com/Mercianarch

http://twitter.com/MercianArch