Post-Fieldwork Training School

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You can book your place for the Post-Excavation training school via a number of ways:


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Delegates will receive training and experience in the following:

Finds processing:

The training on finds processing will involve you:

There will also be an opportunity to participate in some of the more specialist aspects of post excavation finds work, primarily focused on pottery.

There will be opportunities to:

Under supervision delegates will:

Delegates will also:

Delegates will also be taught finds illustration, focusing on ceramics, learning how to produce publication ready archaeological illustrations.

Delegates will experience the whole process of producing archaeological illustrations of pottery from initial pencil drawing to inking and then scanning and processing the illustrations ready for publication.

Archaeological Post-excavation training:

The course also provides training in archaeological drawing techniques including preparing plans and /or sections for publication, and training in working with site archives to create site matrices.

Delegates will also work with context sheets, and create site matrices from a site archive, and drawings.


This training school is designed to provide training and experience in various aspects of the post excavation process. All tuition and training will be carried out under the supervision of experienced tutors, with finds training lead by Mercian's ceramic specialist David Budge.

 The course is designed to give delegates an understanding of what is involved in the post excavation process for finds, ranging from initial cleaning and processing of the finds as they come out of the ground, through to some of the specialist analysis that finds are subject to, through to illustration and preparation of the finds for publication.

The course is designed to allow delegates to gain experience of handling finds and to develop the ability to look at artefacts critically with a view to recognising the clues that give evidence of what they were used for and that can help to identify them.

The course also provides training in archaeological drawing techniques including preparing plans and /or sections for publication, and training in working with site archives to create site matrices.

Delegates will also learn basic archaeological GIS (Geographic Information Systems) including working with survey data, preparing maps, working with historic mapping, creating layouts and exporting data.


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Take your skills to the next level by joining our week long

Post-Fieldwork Training School 2023
at King’s Clipstone.

Price £450 per person, or £350 per student (in full time education, NUS card holder or international equivalent*)

In the meantime have a look at the following websites for more information:

Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project pages:

King John’s Palace:


Places are limited so please book promptly to avoid disappointment.

2023 Dates:

Week of

23rd - 27th October, 2023

Archeological ceramics identification training Archaeological Flint drawing Archaeological finds processing training Archaeological artefacet photography training

As well as the above all school attendees will receive the following:

About King John’s Palace and Sherwood Forest

The Post Fieldwork Training School is based at the royal hunting lodge and palatial enclosure of the King’s Houses, now known as King John’s Palace, and the designed landscape that surrounded it.

King John’s Palace was the Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest in the Medieval period.

The site was visited by all 8 kings from Henry II to Richard II, with King John possibly holding a proto-parliament there in the early 13th century and Edward I holding Parliament there in 1290.

Recent archaeological work by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC has helped to reveal the size and importance of the site, and has also interpreted the surrounding lordship as a ‘designed’ medieval romantic hunting landscape.

The palace was sat at the heart of medieval Sherwood Forest and provided amenities for hunting, royal retreat, and the entertaining of foreign royalty and important members of society.

As part of the school attendees will have the opportunity to learn all about Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, outlaws, foresters, the landscape of Sherwood Forest in medieval times, the forest law, courts, offences and judiciary, the Palace at Clipstone, monasteries, chapels and hermitages, hunting parks, Nottingham Castle, Sheriffs and much more about life in Medieval Sherwood Forest…

King John's Palace, Sherwood Forest Students at the Archaeology Field School Sherwood Forest

This course is suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced archaeologist .


For those wishing to develop their skills, for students and post-graduates seeking to fulfil the experience requirements of their courses… for those wishing to pursue a career in archaeology, or improve their knowledge to give them the edge at work… for those looking to acquire cross-transferable skills… for volunteer wishing to raise their game, impress their friends, and increase their enjoyment of archaeology and heritage through a greater skill set and knowledge base…. through to people simply wishing to learn for the love of learning…

Everyone is welcome… no previous knowledge or experience is required…

*Please note that while aspects of this course will be in-depth, attendance on the course will not qualify delegates to work as finds specialists or archaeological illustrators; no matter how high the quality of tuition a week long course cannot substitute for the years of experience, training and knowledge required.

Archaeological Skill Passport

As well as offering the best in archaeological training and support, the 2021 post fieldwork training school is tailored towards enabling attendees to fulfil the requirements of the Archaeological Skills Passport.

All training will take place at the Tin Tabernacle, King John’s Palace. Kings Clipstone.

Post-Fieldwork Training School Week: 23rd - 27th October 2023

Post Fieldwwork Training School 2023




Students, & Under 18s:

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Book your STUDENT place by paying in FULL £350:


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Please note that Archaeology can be quite physically demanding, so please contact to discuss any limiting factors with regard to you undertaking fieldwork. There are aspects of the course such as finds processing that are less physically challenging. Please contact us if you have any issues.

Please note we do not provide accommodation. We can provide a list of local accommodation from camping to hotels- but it is the responsibility of the individual booking on to the field school to organise their own accommodation.

Any list provided should not be seen as a recommendation by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC.

To pay by cheque or bank transfer, please contact us below stating which week you wish to attend and how you wish to pay.

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