|Archaeologist Andy Gaunt and site owner Mickie Bradley at King John's Palace.|
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
King John's Palace Excavation - Nottingham Post article
Taken from Nottingham Post Friday 20th July 2012: 'ARCHAEOLOGISTS now believe they have found the "medieval centre" of Sherwood Forest in a dig at a 12th-century site.
Specialists have uncovered more vital information about King's John's Palace, in King's Clipstone.
The dig over the weekend was the latest in a series which have aimed to uncover the historical secrets of the ruin.
Excavations proved that the exterior defences encircled a much bigger area than first thought and seem to finally prove that it was once a huge royal residence.
Notts archaeologist Andy Gaunt, who worked on the dig, said: "I think the site is the medieval centre of Sherwood Forest. For a couple of hundred years this is where all of England's kings were going.
"We've proved what the medieval boundary of the site was."
The series of trenches uncovered a 180m long defensive ditch – proving for certain the site stretched far beyond the three remaining walls of the small ruin and was once a vast complex...'
See the full article at: http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Experts-heart-historic-forest/story-16567795-detail/story.html