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As part of the “Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project” Mercian Archaeological Services CIC will be running the Robin Hood’s Village Dig in July 2014.  This is part of the Festival of British Archaeology and the dig will run from the 14th – 26th of July with an open day on Saturday the 26th.

The dig is being run in conjunction with the Edwinstowe Historical Society and will investigate the development of the village through test- pitting. The project is designed to tie in with key regional research objectives and could be of vital importance to understanding the landscape of Sherwood Forest over time. This research forms part of Mercian’s long term research in the Forest.

This is  a free volunteer dig and has been funded by the Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project:

  • The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project has the tag-line the future of Sherwood’s Past and aims to be a new community driven way of undertaking and supporting archaeological and historical research in the forest.
  • The Sherwood Forest Archaeology project is a Community Archaeology project- this means involving volunteers and the community in all aspects (where possible) of archaeological research and investigations.
  • The project is designed to bring sustainability to archaeological projects and investigations in Sherwood Forest by combining a number of funding streams including private, corporate, public and crowd-funding.
  • The project aims to undertake long-term research across the whole area of Sherwood Forest and beyond.
  • The project also seeks to be a free resource, where all research and fieldwork are available to the community at large, to foster a greater understanding of the heritage of Sherwood Forest.
  • The project aims to promote the notion of a wider Sherwood Forest that stretches across the multitude of sites that link together to make up this unique and exciting landscape.
  • The Project engages people from all walks of life and ages; including adults with learning difficulties, young people, as well as those currently out of work desiring transferable skills, students needing experience, and volunteers… in this landscape of legends and folklore… all overseen by professional community archaeologists.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer on the Robin Hood’s Village Dig please contact them  to book a place. Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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