Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2015 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

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Summary of published report

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Sample of x-rays
Arrow head
Smithing hearth
Norse anvils


Images of flood on the day of the battle

12 panoramas of the battle site

YouTube videos

The Fulford Tapestry

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Interpretation Finds 1 Finds 2  Finds 3 Finds 4 Finds 5 x-rays Iron the metal  Weights Methods Mass profile Tanged arrow

All these items come from two small contexts, near the centre of the battlefield.

The field has been used for pasture and agriculture over the years. The items were found by YMDC team, on or near surface.

Two extensive areas of charcoal staining have been found using a soil auger 20m from one of the sites.

The whole collection is still being assembled but is expected to number over 60 items, including slag and pellets of 'cast iron'.


A rather poor photo of a 'v' shaped profile.

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Many more items with a similar profile have been found. The suggestion is that these are some of the fragments that were due to be reprocessed.

Billets and ferrous fragments.
More billets. The oblong, or square-form billets are most common in the collection.


Possibly metal working tools found with the horde. Xray.

Similar items in Northampton museum


Two pieces that look like slag from the x-ray image.


A collection of fragments found near the axe-shaped billets. Later investigation revealed that there was an anvil and some tools among this collection, and associated with a small hearth bottom.

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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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