If you are new to the battle, here are some starting points.
- A unique collection of debris helped to confirm the location of the
site in 2004. Evidence of
- But the finds could only be interpreted once
the literature and the landscape had been allowed to tell their
- In August 2013 more
interesting material emerged from a
trial trench that was investigating the stone surface of the ford.
- Documents uncovered during Freedom of
Information searches revealed some unseen
geophysics that perfectly matches the hearths found.
This is a copy of an internal
document - What’s going
Doc Ref BP2012/3/E dated 2 Feb 2012
5.1 On the grounds of probability
Germany Beck appears to be the most likely
location for the battle. Jones'
interpretation of the course of the battle is plausible
and is the best fit for the
5.2 In relation to the forthcoming
Selection Guide, it is clear that the Battle of Fulford is of
sufficient historical importance
for inclusion in the Register. On the basis of probability,
Germany Beck can be identified as
the location of the Battle of Fulford and on the basis of Jones'
interpretation, a reasonable boundary could be identified focusing on the
line of the Germany Beck.
It is worth noting that the
combination of evidence and reasoning here differs little from that used
to determine the location of the registered Battle of Maldon.
5.3 Inclusion in the Register is
not obligatory. To include Fulford in the Register at this stage would
raise the temperature of discussions regarding the detailed planning
forthcoming development of the site, the site would be very unlikely to
merit inclusion in the Register.
Given the planning history of this
site, EH is currently considering responding to the request to Register
with advice which recognises that Germany Beck is likely to be the
location of the Battle, but that, given the planning situation, refrains
from adding the site to the Register.
News and changes
There is a phrase by phrase
analysis of the key section about the battle. In court English Heritage were
inserting words that cannot be found in recognised translations
to justify their case.
Trial trench in August 2013
produces some remarkable finds
So we are preparing for a big dig in July 2014. It will be part of the CBA
Festival of Archaeology. Volunteers are needed for this
exciting project. more
Floods in 2012 and 2013 have allowed the water level to be
photographed as it might have looked on the
morning of the battle.
The planning process grinds on
The battlesite is currently awaiting the decision of a High Court
Judge - there are 3 actions
An appeal against English Heritage's failure to designated the site.
Failures by the York Planners to take evidence for the
battle into account.
In the news
To see how
ancient clothing worked and how long it would take to get the news of the defeat
at Fulford to Harold at Waltham Abbey. Hear a bit about it on the BBC
transcription of York Council notes which have been authenticated using
Freedom of Information
MS/John Oxley/HB; Keith Emerick –
English Heritage (+ colleague)
Since March 2004 – Charles Jones work
in vicinity – metal objects recovered but few of 11c date & not sure where from
in locality (CJ not given info).
CJ asked for access to site for metal
detection work but Persimmons refused.
JO asked Persimmon to carry out work,
which they have done. Come to conclusion, sufficient info to approve
More work unreasonable.
1) Landscape Appraisal –
2) Metal detecting survey – may or may
not produce evidence. (arrow linking numbers 1 and 1 here)
1) JO considered reasonable document in
2) Survey – intensive piece of work &
what would it produce.
11c battle not something can map on
landscape – limited arrowheads. No human skeletal materials found at site.
11c – hand to hand process rather than
No 11c metal work found.
Technique used to detect different form
17/3/05 – St Leonard’s Place.
Keith Emerick – EH.;Mike Slater – CYC;
John Oxley - CYC
HB – CYC; Michael Courcier – Northern
Planning; Paula Ware – MAP; Peter Morris – Persimmon
retain ‘13C story’ in dev.
with mitigation measures suggested by
him. - will not have ‘fireproof’
Needs to state – didn’t take place here,
best approach to use historic identity within devt. Site has potential to engage
people in history of area [line from history] public gain.