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Evidence held by English Heritage and the City planners that supported the identification of the metal recycling hearths along Germany Beck which was apparently ignored!
This is either shockingly incompetent or an attempt to cover up the hearth finds.
This unseen plot provided extremely strong support for the existence of several more recycling hearths nearby the ones we found.
On May 28 2013, I was given access to the archive boxes for the Germany Beck development at English heritage HQ in Swindon.
Among the documents was a geophysical scan. The date on the document is February 2003 and it was found among documents that predated 2005. In 2010, I published details of the hearth finds (a draft have been widely circulated the year before) and when these data are plotted onto the geophysics there is a perfect match. I had also notified English Heritage in February 2005 that metal recycling evidence had been identified from this area of the battlesite. (Email R Burns to K Emerick 5 Feb 2005)
This is a plot of geophysical work undertaken on behalf of those applying to develop the land beside Germany Beck. The manuscript marks added in pencil are the OS grid lines, the letters are references to the field notebook (A-P) and the numbers are the quantity of ferrous finds from each area. The image shows a perfect match between items recovered and the geophysics. This is what one should expect of course.
But unlike English Heritage or the LPA, I had not seen this work. Those who are responsible for looking after our heritage, and overseeing the work done by those who want permission to change the landscape, should have noted that the finding from this geophysics matched the published findings from the battlefield archaeological project.
Furthermore, they should have noted that this was one of the areas where permission to conduct more work was requested by the applicant yet those who are supposed to have a care for our heritage failed to support this request even though they held this geophysical data.
This corroborates the claim that there are a number of compact sites where finds that are strongly supportive of the post-battle, metal recycling interpretation that has been offered. Had the responsible authorities done their job, these and other sites suggested by the geophysics, could have been properly investigated, confirming or refuting the claims made that this was the site of the 1066 battle. Please note that other recycling sites have been published which span the entire battlefield that are not covered by this geophysical plot.
The quality of the image was limited by the equipment available when inspecting the archives at English Heritage in May 2013.
Chas Jones August 2013
This is the email I sent to the LPA, and copied to EH, on 6 June 2013. None of the questions have been answered in spite of a reminder (August 2013).
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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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