We want to invite the world to visit the archaeological site of the first battle of 1066 during this 950th anniversary year at Fulford
We need money to make the site of the first battle of 1066 accessible to the public. Fulford is the only battlesite of that year where we can be confident about the location. Since it is on public land, the site will be a permanent, accessible legacy.
We will open the site for visitors and during the summer holidays families can come and dig.
- They will be shown how to excavate and given a small section to clear with the help of archaeologists.
- There will be other activities ranging from conservation work on the 1000 bits of iron we have found and preparing models of the battlesites of Fulford, Stamford Bridge and Hastings.
- Access will be free: there will be a small charge to cover costs for those wanting to excavte.
To do this we need to employ archaeolgists and experts
- 80% of our funding pays for people
We also need money to prepare the site, make it accessible and then protect the exposed digs from the weather so visitors can inspect the surface where the battle was fought plus the road into the muddy ford, Foul-ford. It’s on public land so it will be there for everybody.
Important note about tax
Please note that the money is being raised by the UK registered charity (1165028) the 1066 Society Charity. Overseas contributors, please ask your national tax authority if a donation is tax deductable. For UK tax payers, you can contribute via Charity Aid Foundation or with your permission, we can recover some tax.
And if we reach our first target…
If your generosity enables us to go beyond the basic trench preparation and site clearance, we need £8,500 to run the family events, and £4,500+ to give the fantastic volunteers the equipment they need to start conserving the thousands of finds so we can put them on display.
- We need to Xray the metal objects
- We are using CT scanning which penetrated 1000 years of concretion that makes the iron look like a lump of stone,conceling its tru shape
- The bones, wood and peat need carbon dating to date the layers
- XRF is another valuable technique which might tell us where the metal came from
- Microscopes, chemicals, fume cupboards, shot-blaster, and so much more will allow us to prepare the finds
With your support we can tell people about this remarkable site in its anniversary year – The Fulford Parish Council have been great at granting access. And the site is very easy to reach by all forms of transport.
|We’ve made a 6m Bayeux style tapestry||We organise regular free events||We’ve done some pioneering archaeology|
The battle of Fulford is the forgotten battle of the momentous year of 1066.
- Fulford is a village on the outskirts of York, which was the old capital of Viking England, known then as Jorvik.
- The battle of Fulford took place on 20th September 1066, when King Harald Hardrada and his Viking army beat the Northern English Army.
- Five days later King Harold (England’s new king) arrived with his army and destroyed the Vikings at the battle of Stamford Bridge. Three weeks later, Harold was himself killed at the battle of Hastings.
- We’ve been researching the battle since 1999 and with the aid of a maximum National Lottery grant in 2003.
- The research allowed us to announce the site location late in 2004, with full publication in 2010.
- For 15 years this has been a great example of the community and the academic world working together including lectures at the British Museum, the Royal Armouries and many international conferences.
- By sharing all the equipment we have bought, others benefit from what we have achieved, empowering the heritage community.
- We have some great stuff to share with visitors.
- Step into the trench where we found lots of bits of bone (below left)
- Look at the ancient road which crossed the muddy ford (old English ‘Foul-ford’) (below centre)
- Excavate some of the churned surface leading to the ditch where the battle was fought. (below right)
Please come and visit the site this summer and stand where the Vikings stood in 1066
Thanks for reading all this.
There is lots more about the work over the last 15 years on these websites: