The Marsh Archaeology Awards are annual awards, supported by the Marsh Christian Trust, which celebrate excellence in community archaeology and recognise the passion and dedication of the many people working so hard to protect and understand British Archaeology.

The nomination is listed in the November-December 2017 edition of The British Archaeology Magazine with the following: "Sue Rodgers has been leading the Newark & District branch of the YAC [Young Archaeologists' Club] since 2001, providing hundreds of young people from Nottinghamshire with their first taste of archaeology. Over the years Sue has led the branch in a range of activities, including building two iron age roundhouses and then burning them down and also building and burning down a Viking longship - enabling the YAC members to explore the archaeological record left behind! She has also been involved in various community archaeology projects in the area, and delivers education and outreach activities with Mercian Archaeology" (p 63).

Alongside her nomination for the above award Sue has also been made an 'Honorary Member' of the Council for British Archaeology a special honour shared with only 9 other people in the country.

Before coming to Mercian Sue worked for Nottinghamshire County Council as Community Conservation Projects Manager, and Community Archaeologist; running Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Archaeology team.

In this role she managed staff in delivering a variety of conservation and archaeology projects throughout the county, including delivery of the Trent Vale Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Sue has worked for Newark Museums Service for 7 years.  Her various diverse roles there have included Museum Assistant, and working on exhibitions, collections, education and outreach.

Sue is also Leader of Newark & District Young Archaeologists Club since setting it up in 2001.

Under Sue’s leadership the Young archaeology Club have built replica Iron Age huts, an Anderson Shelter and a Viking long ship, and taken part in the ONE8 Festival at Nottingham Castle.

Under Sue’s direction the Young Archaeology Clubs teenage members organised a Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Young Roots’ project for a Civil War Re-enactment at Southwell Racecourse.

Sue studied Archaeology at the University of Nottingham and has a Certificate of Higher Education in Archaeology. She also has an A-Level in Archaeology from Newark and Sherwood College.

Sue works with the elderly offering reminiscence sessions, oral histories and various other workshops.

She has delivered the Oral History project for Newark & Sherwood District Council – Sconce and Devon Park 2012.

She also delivers craft activities on a freelance basis for Newark & Sherwood Play Support Group and Nottingham University.

Sue’s experience of delivering successful Heritage Lottery Funded Projects enables Mercian to offer a full and comprehensive community heritage, and education package for groups developing projects.

David Budge

Company Director,
Archaeologist and Finds Specialist

Sean Crossley MA, PGDip, BSc (Hons).

Company Director and Archaeologist

Sean started off in archaeology as a mature student and has worked in the profession  since the late 1990s.

He has large amounts of experience of archaeological fieldwork, having worked for a variety of commercial units and an archaeological consultancy, around the East Midlands and UK including London.

Sean has also worked as a Freelance Archaeological Consultant prior to becoming a Director with Mercian.

Through this work he has gained large experience of urban and rural sites working with complex stratigraphy and sites from all periods.

Sean is responsible for Mercian’s Health and Safety (including Risk Assessments) and site logistics, and brings with him a large amount of business experience.

He is Mercian’s publications editor.

Sean has experience of community archaeology; leading excavation, training, and supervising volunteers.

He has also been involved himself as a volunteer on projects around the region as well as having experience of excavation overseas, and has acted as Archaeological Consultant to various community and archaeology groups.

He has an interest in the Roman period and Roman Archaeology, and also has a particular interest in the Archaeology of Yorkshire.

Alongside his archaeological work Sean has been actively involved in the work of Nottingham Dyslexic Support having served as chairman and as a committee member for many years.

Andy Gaunt, MA, BSc (Hons), CertHE, FGS, FRGS.

Company Director and Archaeologist

Andy has been an Archaeologist and Community Archaeologist in Nottinghamshire for over a decade; supervising and managing archaeological fieldwork for volunteers, as well as undertaking fieldwork, research, training, public engagement, lecturing and speaking.

He is recognised for his knowledge of Sherwood Forest, its landscape, people and medieval administration and has research interests in medieval archaeology, the medieval landscape; settlement, elite and designed landscapes, medieval forests, parkland and hunting landscapes, medieval hunting, medieval romance literature and chivalry, and the medieval legends of Robin Hood.

He has spent many years investigating the settlement and landscape of Clipstone and Sherwood Forest in the Medieval period. Notably, he identified medieval Clipstone as a designed hunting and Arthurian romance landscape.

He has published a number of papers on Sherwood Forest and Community Archaeology.

Andy’s main specialism is Landscape Archaeology.

As a Landscape Archaeologist he is particularly interested in landscape analysis, philosophical and theoretical landscape archaeology, historical and cultural geography, geological history, skyscape archaeology, horizon astronomy, archaeoastronomy, geophysical survey, topographic survey, geographic information systems (GIS), virtual reality and reconstructions. He also strives to understand how people experienced the landscape in the past.

Adding towards his landscape archaeology he has an Honours Degree in Geology and Geography (BSc), alongside his archaeology qualifications and Masters Degree in Landscape Archaeology, GIS and Virtual Environments.

He is an elected Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS), and an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers (FRGS).

He regularly talks and presents on archaeology to local groups and at conferences, and is passionate about teaching and education.

He has made a number of TV appearances as an expert including on Channel Four, Channel Five, ARTE (France & Germany), BBC Breakfast, BBC East Midlands Today, and NottsTV. He has also been interviewed a number of times on BBC Radio 4 including the ‘Making History’ show, and provided consultancy for BBC Radio 3.

He has previously acted as a consultant to Channel Four’s ‘Walking Through History’ offering expert advise and location knowledge, as well as being interviewed by Tony Robinson at King John’s Palace and the Parliament Oak, and was also as an independent site consultant to Channel Four’s Time Team at King John’s Palace.

He has been interviewed by the national and international press including the Guardian newspaper, and the New York Observer, and the archaeological press including Current Archaeology, Heritage Daily, and Archaeology Magazine (USA).

He has also provided expert comment and interview on local radio including: Radio Nottingham, Radio Leicester, and local press including The Nottingham Post, Mansfield Chad Newspaper, and the Sherwood Life Magazine.

He is a member of The Society for Medieval Archaeology, The Medieval Settlement Research Group, The British Geophysical Association, and The East Midlands Geological Society.

David has written a book on Stone Age Nottinghamshire (with a chapter on the Neolithic by Dr Chris Robinson) and published a variety of papers in archaeological journals. He is currently preparing papers on the use of quartzite in the Neolithic and Bronze Age and a mid 12th century kiln group from Skegby.

His skills have been utilised by various museums (including Nottingham University Museum and Mansfield Museum) and groups to work with artefact collections.

He is a member of the Lithics Study Society and the Medieval Pottery Research Group.

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At Mercian Archaeological Services CIC, we have brought together some of the most experienced and talented community archaeologists in the region to provide the best heritage and educational opportunities available.

We are a dedicated and skilled team of archaeologists with knowledge based in the local area, who are passionate about researching and promoting the heritage of the region.

The team also has skills in education, outreach, training, project management, funded project delivery, community archaeology, and working with people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Sean Crossley Archaeologist

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All staff are in possession of up-to-date Criminal Record Bureau (CRB), now known as Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), checks.

Sue Rodgers Education and Outreach Officer

Sue Rodgers (Honorary Member of Council for British Archaeology, Nominee for Community Archaeologist of the year 2017.)

Education and Outreach

Sue’s experience of delivering successful Heritage Lottery Funded Projects enables Mercian to offer a full and comprehensive community heritage and education package for groups developing projects.

She also provides Mercian’s education and outreach to schools.

Over the last 5 years she has devised and delivered over 200 schools workshops on a variety of themes – introduction to archaeology, facial reconstruction, bottles, food thru the ages, dinosaurs, Romans.

Sue has has been nominated for "The Community Archaeologist of the Year Award" for the Council for British Archaeology (CBA). The Marsh Archaeology Awards are 'for an individual who has inspired others to share their love of archaeology'.

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Meet the Team

Sherwood Forest Trust Reference

The Friends of Tynghowe

Some lovely feedback on Mercian and our work from our friends at the Viking Assembly Site of Thynghowe:

“In conjunction with Mercian Archaeological Services CIC we trained a significant group of volunteers to undertake a week's archaeological investigation.

Our relationship with the three archaeologists Andy Gaunt, Sean Crossley and David Budge from Mercian has been crucial - and somewhat unique. They have worked with us for years and a profound trust has developed between them and the Friends of Thynghowe.

As a community group working on this site we have developed our own expertise and insight and a certain level of ownership. The Mercian guys have been acutely sensitive to that and have shown us - through their work with us and other community archaeology projects in the Sherwood Forest area - that they do not 'take over'. They consult at every level and deliver a high level of training with an awareness as to what can be achieved. They are highly professional in every aspect of their work but also like us have a passion for the site.

So an honesty and an extraordinary working relationship has developed between us – we the Friends of Thynghowe have gained the scientific skills and knowledge – Mercian appreciate that our group will pass on and keep vibrant all the information and discoveries of this incredible site.”

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC Reference from The Freinds of Thynghowe Community Group

Lynda Mallett of the Friends of Thynghowe says some very kind words as she gives Mercian her seal of approval at the University of St Mary’s in Nova Scotia in a presentation to the Nova Scotia Archaeological Society:

Mickie and Martin Bradley, Site Owners King John’s Palace, Clipstone, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire:

“Mercian’s work is always of the highest quality and undertaken to the highest professional standards…

…Andy Gaunt published his Master’s dissertation on the medieval landscape of Clipstone and has identified the landscape as being that of a medieval designed landscape around the palace…

… Mercian are well-respected by all the groups and landowners they have worked with and have our complete trust and support in all the work they undertake at our site…”

Reference Mercian Mickie and Martin Bradley King John's Palace Clipstone Sherwood Forest

Mickie (Michelle) Bradley site owner of King John’s Palace gives Mercian a glowing testimonial…

Mickie Bradley site owner of King John's Palace Kings Clipstone Sherwood Forest Archaeology Testimonial Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Paul Jameson, Chairman, The Battle of Hatfield Investigation Society:

“Mercian really do meet our exacting standards and our ethical outlook”.

“Therefore, BOHIS have no qualms in recommending Mercian Archaeological Services CIC to any local archaeology Society community group wishing to undertake a community archaeology project”.

as our chosen partners they have helped successfully deliver an HLF funded project in November 2015, "Does the Heritage of the Welbeck Estate include a King Killed at Cuckney?”.”

Indeed, their “Integrated Report” (of the project) was called, “an extensive and influential piece of work”.”

“The project was completed on time and on budget”.

“They always respected BOHIS’s ownership of the project and never attempted to take control of it.”

“Mercian were always professional on and off site & impressed us with the overall management on site, specifically of note was their conscious efforts to ensure that on-site health and safety was of paramount importance”

Testimonial from the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds, Ashby de la Zouch

Friends of Ashby bath Grounds, Ashby-de-laZouch, Leicestershire.

“We understand that the HLF, who funded the project, were very please that all the objectives had been met and that a significant number of people had learnt more about archaeology and the history of the Ashby Bath Grounds”.

“We would recommend Mercian Archaeology Services to anybody who wishes to undertake a community archaeology project”.

Sat Sian (NEBOSH, I Eng, BA), Sian Safety Consultancy Limited:

“I Have found Mercian Archaeological Services CIC to be a safety focused organisation who diligently produce site specific risk assessments of a high standard which I appreove/ammend and sign off.

These are briefed to all staff, volunteers and visitors to site.

The attention to detail and overall vision and ethos of the organisation in terms of Health and Safety as well as environmental and welfare issues are to be admired.”

Sat Sian reference Mercian


The Sherwood Forest Trust, Dr Patrick Candler Chief Executive

“The Sherwood Forest Trust is very pleased to endorse Mercian Archaeological Services as the leading Community Archaeology Company operating across Nottinghamshire…”

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David is Mercian’s finds expert; in charge of Mercian’s post-excavation finds processing.  He is our finds ‘expert in the field’ who’s knowledge of lithics (worked flint  and other types of stone) and post-Roman ceramics is highly respected.

He writes all of Mercian’s finds reports and writes specialist Finds reports for other Archaeological Units and providers.

As part of Mercian’s Community involvement David trains volunteers in all aspects of finds processing including archaeological finds drawing, finds identification, labelling, sorting, and quantification techniques. He runs workshops on Prehistoric Flint- knapping techniques and identifying worked flint for archaeologists.

He has been interested in archaeology from a young age, and got his first experience of excavation with the Derbyshire Archaeological Society as a volunteer. He has worked as a professional archaeologist since the late 1990s. During this time he worked for a variety of commercial units and, most recently, with the archaeology section of Nottinghamshire County Council. He was also assistant Environment Record Officer for Nottinghamshire.

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