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Finding the muddy ford from the 1066 battle at Fulford

As a part of the Council for Archaeology (CBA) Festival of Archaeology, the south bank of Germany Beck will be excavated to expose the stone surface on which we believe the 1066 battle of Fulford was fought. A test excavation in 2013 revealed that there are many pieces of iron on and within the stone surface.

A team of volunteers will be excavating sections of the ford’s surface over three weekends. During the excavation, the site is open to the public.

The digging will take place from 1100-1600 each day and the site will close at 1700.

Each day there will be a walk round the battlefield at 1500 each day that lasts about an hour. It will start and finish at the excavation site admin tent. The walk will be led by Chas Jones who is also the director of the dig. Chas said

“This is an exciting opportunity to come and see archaeologists at work. They will be examining the very surface where the evidence suggests that the action was fiercest during the battle of Fulford. You will also be able to see the finds as they emerge from among the stones.”

There should be plenty of volunteer archaeologists from many parts of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Lincolnshire ready to answer your questions and share the passion they have for uncovering and understanding the land on which we live.

The site is located on main bus routes and a short walk from the Designer Centre Park & Ride.

 

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There is a site devoted to saving the battlesite: The site has the story of the process that has allowed the site to be designated an access road to a Green Belt, floodplain housing estate.

And another website for the Fulford Tapestry that tells the story of the September 1066: This tells the story embroidered into the panels.

The author of the content is Chas Jones - fulfordthing@gmail.com  last updated June 2015

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