"I have worked alongside them, their work is considered and professional and to the highest standards. At all times they share information and knowledge to volunteers and visitors. Their encouragement has helped us achieve so much not only on this project but also with other groups in the area." -
"We thought the teaching was very good, both informally and via the lunchtime talks and handouts. The handouts were especially appreciated. You were patient, encouraging and prepared to answer questions both in general terms and in detail. Our members especially appreciated the fact that you did not talk down to them." -
"Mercian are some of the most trustworthy, reliable, hardworking and honest people I've worked alongside" -
"Andy's knowledge and understanding of Sherwood Forest and its surrounding area cannot be equalled. He is essential to so many projects." -
Volunteers at the recent Heath End Excavation:
"I thought they were excellent – well qualified, experienced, thorough, well equipped and prepared, patient and very good at talking things through – their mini lunchtime “lectures” were enjoyable and instructive and – they were good fun! A template for the most part of how things should be done and would recommend and rate them highly. I benefited hugely."
"I felt that the archaeologists were clear in all that they did and said and helpful in all aspects of the work. I only had to ask a question and they were there instantly with helpful information and advice. They were very encouraging and didn’t treat me like a complete amateur; they were patient and able to simplify more complicated explanations! They also realised that they were with a group of older enthusiasts and did a lot of the heavy work themselves! They were very pleasant and approachable young men."
"I learned a great deal from the experience and particularly enjoyed drawing the profiles of sections of the dig. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I was able to spend on the dig and look forward to the next outdoor season."
"I would certainly recommend Mercian to other groups. They were immediately just part of the TARG Team, a very useful and knowledgeable part, explaining measuring, stratigraphy, photography and drawing in terms understandable to amateurs such as ourselves. As well as these specific disciplines there was also a great sense of exchanging information and experiences."
"Mercian Archaeological Services were very friendly and stood back so all us members could have a dig, instead of taking over the dig. Once again I thank you for a super time."
"Although I was there for only a short time, they made you feel part of the team straight away and were interested in your thoughts and ideas and willing to show you how best to proceed. Their small lectures were adequate and uncomplicated. I would recommend Mercian Archaeology to other groups as they seemed to know their stuff and recorded all aspects. Overall the dig was professional, relaxed and very enjoyable."
"...would have no hesitation in recommending them for similar activity in running/supervising any other group of volunteer amateurs"
“I… really enjoyed my time learning with the archaeologists. I did ask many questions and got good and full answers, everybody had the chance to do some digging which we all like to do, me in particular.”
On Mercian and young archaeologists:
"Firstly we all thoroughly enjoyed the dig. I have nothing but praise for the archaeologists on the dig. They were helpful, informative and friendly and each took a lot of time to involve the girls and explain about how a dig is organised and the techniques that were used. The lunchtime lectures were a definite added bonus giving us some theory behind the practical work. I would certainly recommend Mercian Archaeology to any other amateur group, particularly a group containing children, as at no point did they talk over their heads or make them feel uninvolved or intimidated. It was a fabulous experience for us all." -
Talks and presentations:
“Thanks for a really interesting presentation in Radcliffe last night, the small but keen group really appreciated it” -
“I would just like to thank everyone involved in the Peel and Spa Ponds presentation to our group (Forest Town Nature Conservation Group) yesterday evening. A totally captivating, exciting and informative presentation, many thanks -
At Mercian Archaeological Services; as a Community Interest Company set up to undertake Community Archaeology-
we are very proud of our place at the heart of the community we serve.
The following is a small part of Mercian's excellent feedback from Community Groups, Volunteers and Site owners:
Testimonials, recommendations and references
Visitors since 7th November 2013
Mercian Archaeological Services CIC
Community Archaeology in the East Midlands,
Community Archaeology Nottinghamshire, Excavation, Research, Volunteering, Community
Archaeology Derbyshire, Training, Social, Learning, Community Archaeology Leicestershire,
Heritage, Involvement, Belonging, Knowledge sharing, Community Archaeology Lincolnshire,
Topographic Survey, Talks and Presentations, Outreach, Archaeology Projects , Open
Days, Schools, Finds Processing, Day Schools, Field Schools, Young People, Archaeology
and History of Sherwood Forest, Pottery Research, Medieval, Roman, Prehistoric, Community
Interest Company, Community Archaeology Nottinghamshire.
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Community Archaeology in Nottinghamshire
Community Archaeology in Derbyshire
Community Archaeology in Leicestershire
Community Archaeology East Midlands
Community Archaeology in Lincolnshire
At Mercian we recommend that any group looking to work with a Community Archaeology provider asks for feedback from their previous customers.
Community Archaeology is a skilled specialism that demands the highest commitment and standards.
We believe that large commercial archaeology companies cannot necessarily provide the personal service you will receive from a dedicated community archaeology company.
“…Mr Gaunt is one of the very finest archaeologists and historians currently practicing in the United Kingdom. His work is of the very finest quality and his research has been established as ground-
“In particular the recent work by Mr Gaunt at King’s Clipstone in Nottinghamshire has helped to drive up the knowledge of this often overlooked site of the royal palace of the
Plantagenets in the heart of Sherwood Forest. His dedication to this project has been
incredible and has led to an 11 acre geophysical survey which has revealed the extent of the archaeological anomalies for the very first time. This was followed up by an archaeological evaluation and a programme of test pitting and topographic survey to help clarify the nature and extent of the archaeology of the village community. All of this work was backed up by the most sophisticated landscape analysis utilising geographic information systems and analysis of the historic mapping for the parish which has led to a major breakthrough in understanding how the Mediaeval landscape was deliberately stage-
“Mr Gaunt is the director of Mercian Archaeological Services CIC. This is a strictly not-
In summary, Andy Gaunt and Mercian Archaeological Services would be a very fine asset to any archaeological project, especially one which prized community involvement and
development. The range of skills currently retained within the company are regionally
incomparable and only the very highest caliber of results should be expected.”
Senior Archaeologist, MOLA
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…”
James Wright (Student, University of Nottingham):
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-
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