Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2014 dig

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Archival finds data

First, the text deals briefly with objects located by other people or previous projects, and also touches on the non-ferrous artefacts collected during the Fulford project. There are a limited number of finds from published archaeological work in our area of interest. Some of these were assessed in the previous chapter where pottery was often used to provide dating evidence for land usage.

No finds that were seen as relevant to the battle were located by any nearby archaeological work. Research by York Archaeological Trust, undertaken in 2003, checked the archives of:

·         Portable Antiquities Service (PAS)

·         City of York Sites and monuments Records (SMR)

·         English Heritage Geophysics database

·         English Heritage Amie database

·         English Heritage National Monument Record Excavation Index for England

·         Finally the ADS records were searched in 2008 for recent, relevant records

Only six items were noted in these reports from the wider Fulford area but after investigating, none of these were seen as relevant to the battlefield investigation.

Another archive that was checked was The Yorkshire Philosophic Society Annual Reports. These make note of a miscellany of finds but, for those found near Fulford, none have any evident relation to the battle. One ‘8 ounce lead weight’ with a 'fleur-de-lys' design was found ‘in Fulford’ in 1971. During the metal detecting for this project, many shield-weights were located in the field opposite the Designer Centre and the fields south of Landing Lane.

These finds were passed to the Portable Antiquities Service, Small Finds Service operated by The British Museum, before being claimed by the finders. Two cloth seals with fragments of surviving threads were passed to the British Museum.



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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 February 2015

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