This Community Archaeology Project saw volunteers digging test pits and undertaking a topographic survey of Castle Field.
|The King John's Palace Community Archaeology Project 2013.|
The medieval ditch and bank represent the boundary of the site in the 13th-14th century as proven by the 201 excavation.
The test pits excavated in the project are located in the demense part of the Waterfield, and the evidence uncovered further supports the boundary ditch as the furthest extent of the site.
|Picture: the ruins of King John's Palace in the heart of Sherwood Forest by Andy Gaunt, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC|
The report for the boundary ditch excavation will be available to download via Mercian's document stores very soon.
|Medieval Boundary Ditch Excavation 2012|
Alongside the King John's Palace Project, Mercian Archaeological Services CIC also undertook the recent Kings Clipstone Village Community Archaeology Project which looked at the development of the village in relation to the palace in Medieval times.
A building survey of 2 cottages in the village and discovered medieval walls which formed part of the great gateway to the palace in Medieval times.
It is hoped that a number of publications will follow in the coming year which bring together all of the corpus of work undertaken in the village and at the palace to date, including extensive work looking at the landscape of the lordship and forest.
There will be more Community Archaeology in Nottinghamshire coming very soon, with plenty of opportunities to get involved- watch this space for more information...
For more info follow www.mercian-as.co.uk/news.html and www.facebook.com/MercianArch and for Mercian's Community Archaeology photographs follow the http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/gallery.html page,
The King John's Palace Project, the Archaeology and History of Medieval Sherwood Forest Website, Archaeology and History of Medieval Sherwood Forest page and the Kings Clipstone Village Community Archaeology Project are all part of Mercian Archaeological Services CIC 'Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project'- more details soon.