Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2014 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

Soil survey


Summary of published report

Visiting the site

Ceramic collection
Soil survey
Landscape investigated
Size of the armies
No bodies!
No weapons!
Weather and light on the day of the battle
Adjusting dates
1066 Timetable
Tide predictions
Tidal River Ouse
York a tidal port
Research Links


Images of flood on the day of the battle

12 panoramas of the battle site

YouTube videos

The Fulford Tapestry

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Soil survey is being used extensively in the investigation.  Crossing point Images

The aim is to:
  • Check the depth of the 1066 layer to know if it is worth using metal detectors. If more than 50cm of silt or soil overlay the 106 layer, it is unlikely that any finds will be detected.
  • To find which landscape was firm enough to support warriors. The literature refers to marsh land and dikes which the survey work is helping to reveal. Demonstrating that the Ings were waterlogged in 1066 can rule out areas as suitable for the battle.
  • To extract micro-fossils, charcoal and other items to help date the layers and better understand the landscape.
  • Landscape archaeology

There is a set of images showing the sequence for a core being taken.

There is a catalogue of 60 images

The work has given us a clear picture of the 1066 land surface of the battle. It reveals a landscape that fits the literature even better than the present surface. This match has improved our confidence in the Norse, written sources.

Photos by Tim Burrows

We have used a power auger to probe those areas where the hand augers will not penetrate. These have taken cores from the Ings down to 8m.

The cores are stored and available for any scholars who would like to conduct further research.  Images of some of the cores and there is a catalogue of 60 images.


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 Field, flood-plane housing estate. Visiting Fulford        Map York

And another website for the Fulford Tapestry that tells the story of the September 1066: This tells the story embroidered into the panels.

There is a blog covering these sites where you can leave questions and make comments.

The author of the content is Chas Jones - fulfordthing@gmail.com

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