Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2015 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

Arrow head

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Sample of x-rays
Arrow head
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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

This has tentatively been identified as a part-processed tanged arrowhead of a style used on Norse arrows.


The arrowhead does not come from the same context as the two metalworking hearths already found. It was located on the left flank of the Norse army whereas the other hearths come from the right flank.

The arrowhead however, matches the methodology adopted where the other billets were produced. These are crudely shaped into axe heads found in the hoard beyond the right flank.

So this could be an example of an arrowhead that had been prepared for skilled armourers to finish. Because it is so typical of the Norse style, it provides further evidence for a battle. If this is from a larger metal working site, we would then have metal working just beyond the space where we believe the battle took place. This symmetry is impressive.

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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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