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How the various possible metal recycling sites were identified.
Ferrous material being inspected by Drs Addyman and Ottoway in February and March 2004. They were the first to identify the amount of hearth material, billets of iron and metal-working tools among collections of finds from certain small areas. This was immediately notified to English Heritage, the City Planners and the developers since we sought permission to return since the land was now within the planning ‘red line’. The developers said they would do what the city archaeologist required and the city archaeologist told me that the site was now going to be a community wood so he could not require any work as the land would not be disturbed. Attempts to confirm this, or even find a clear and dated planning ‘red line’ on the plans have failed.
We conducted a double blind trial and volunteers who knew nothing of the possible re-cycling areas checked several collections. The one that had already yielded the billets produced several more while not a single item emerged from the other collections from similar landscapes.
The project could not afford to have all of the collection expertly inspected and approximately a quarter of the iron finds were selected for x-ray and inspection following the methodology agreed for the project. So in February 2007, with the help of the community and guided by archaeologists, (Drs Kenny and Wikerts are seen working on finds), the iron collection was fully sorted after being stabilised for a number of years during the process of conservation.
This led to the identification of other possible hearth areas with hearth bottoms, slag, billets and tools being found in the confined areas.
During the summer of 2007 I was invited to visit Copenhagen, Roskilde, Gothenberg, Ala, Lodese, Udevala and Oslo universities and museums to help identify some of the fragments recovered from the site. As a result of this I was able to identify the new re-cycling hearths which led me to renew my request for access or for the developers to undertake the work.
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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.
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