Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2015 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

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Summary of published report

Visiting the site

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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

We have been collecting metal for the last 3 years. We have accumulated over 4000 items even though we have been denied access to the main site by the company, Persimmon, who want to turn the area into an estate for 700+ houses.

We managed to assess about 10% of the available area so there is much more to come!

We sorted the finds to extract modern objects and items we could identify such as horse-shoes. They were then x-rayed for us at York Archaeological Trust by Jim Spriggs and Margrite.


We were very lucky that Patrick Ottoway (above) and Peter Addyman (seated) were willing to sort through over 1000 the objects and images.
Mike, from York Metal Detectorists Club, was on hand to assist with handling the finds. The members of the Club have given up hundreds of days to the project.

Their hard work and expertise has been rewarded....

Twenty items have been selected for conservations and details will follow as soon as they are ready.

However, there is evidence of some significant metal working near the centre of the battlefield.

Little is know about how battles of this period were cleared when the fighting was over.

The second batch of some 500 items have now been sent for x-ray and identification.

Sorting  Interpretation Finds 1 Finds 2  Finds 3 Finds 4 Finds 5 Iron the metal  Methods


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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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