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The Fulford Tapestry


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Images of flood on the day of the battle

12 panoramas of the battle site


The Fulford Tapestry

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Charcoal making experiment

Over the weekend of 31 Jan-1 Feb 2010, we dug a pit that had similar dimensions to the ones found along Germany Beck, to see how these pits would work. We really wanted to know if they could have been producing charcoal in a few days.

Nobody has made charcoal like this, so far as we could discover. Some people said it would take a week or more. The metal workers only had 5 days before they were driven away or killed after the battle of Stamford Bridge.

We were able to start extracting charcoal within 12 hours of lighting the fire. So this system, which we know the Norse people were using in the 11th century, would have worked.

Once it was well alight the fire was covered in leaves and think wood so that it could be covered in soil.

Below this heap is a 2m circular hole that was 80cm deep.

The log on left marks the channel that allowed a little air to enter at the bottom of the burn.

The BBC was there to record events. Terry Dearry, author of the Horrible Histories books, was making a programme.

We were able to rake charcoal out, via the air intake, within 12 hours of light-up. So it would be possible use a pit to make charcoal quickly enough for any recycling work after the battle.

The charcoal was still hot and ready to burn. We sprinkled it with water, partly to cool it but also make it look darker for the photos. So that is steam not smoke.

The fire was allowed to smoulder away for 2 week.

There was still an excellent haul of charcoal even though we had been extracting it during the burn.

A short video showing the digging, building, lighting and management of the fire will be on UTube very soon.

The BBC film was shown on Monday 15 February 2010 as part of the Inside Out show.



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 Charles Jones - fulfordthing@gmail.com

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