Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2015 dig

The Fulford Tapestry


Summary of published report

Visiting the site

July Fulford Dig
Designation evidence
Planners ignore evidence
Sunrise 20 Sept 1066
The Report on the work at Fulford
The finds
Locating the battle
Maps of battle of Fulford 1066
Tapestry Project
Charcoal making
Walking to Waltham Abbey
Books about Fulford
The evidence
Articles and extracts
Water vole destruction


Images of flood on the day of the battle

12 panoramas of the battle site

YouTube videos

The Fulford Tapestry

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Views of Battle of Fulford site

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1 The Germany Beck: The defenders stood on firm ground to right. The Vikings had this significant obstacle to cross. Many defender's bodies have shown spear injuries to the pelvis and legs. Were they attacked from below as the Vikings tried to cross the ditch?
2 The Beck near the defender's left flank. With a slope behind and a marsh in front, this was a defensive strongpoint, probably near the site of the ancient ford. The defenders held this position until the end.
3 The swamp leading to the defender's left flank (photo above). The saga says king Harald Hardrada of Norway sent his weak troop forward here. Progress and retreat would be slow as troops waded through the reeds.

4 The marshland view from defender's side of The Beck (their right flank). The defender's stronghold pictured above is on the horizon-centre (about 250 m away) but crucially out of sight of those standing here near the river bank. When this position was lost, the defender's near the ford would not discover until they were surrounded.

5 A 3D view of the battle site with the shieldwall imposed on the landscape.

6 One of a sequence of sketch maps showing how the battle developed. This shows the positions of the armies just before battle began on 29 September 1066.
7 Near these ancient trees the whole site would have been visible to the approaching Vikings. This is the local high point. King Harald 'Hardrada' and his banner would have been visible to his army. The 2 defender's Earls did not enjoy such a good overview of the battlefield which might explain why they positioned themselves at opposite flanks.  
In the autumn of 2012 the floods allowed us to imagine what the water level was like on the day of the battle.

The beck as it might have looked 1000 years ago

9 The Beck to the East as it reaches the Heslington and Walmgate Stray wet-land. This natural drain has been maintained and improved.
10 One of the key investigations involved taking soil cores. The team from Leeds university took cores nearly7m deep enabling the land to of 1066 to be reconstructed.
11 Over 5000 items of ferrous material were gathered during the project. These were x-rayed and examined by the experts.
Tanged Arrow from Fulford 12 After conservation, and much investigation, this was identified as a part-made arrowhead of a type that is typical for the Norse lands in the 11th century
XRF work in Kings Manor on Fulford finds 13 To check if any of the items that emerged from the re-processing zones contained any modern alloyoing elements. This was a way to check we were not looking at any modern material. Not only did none of the finds display any modern influence but there were also patterns of trace elements in the iron that might suggest they cam from the same source.



13 Walking to Waltham Abbey 

A bit of practical research to see how long it would take to walk from Fulford to Hastings. I also slept under the stars (and thunder clouds) to test the clothing. It  

Terry deary and Chas filming 14 Filming with Terry Deary (Horrible Histories) when we we experimenting with making charcoal
View looking up  Senlac hill 15 Views of Battle of Hastings

Fulford was the first of 3 battle that ended at Hastings less than 4 weeks later.


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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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