The ‘official’ location of the Battle of Hastings has long been the site of Battle Abbey. According to the traditional account, accepted for almost a millennium, the abbey, now in ruins, was built on the battlefield itself, with the high altar marking the precise spot where Harold fell, reputedly with an arrow in his eye. Other sites have been suggested, including Caldbec Hill.
In 2013, Time Team decided to look at the problem of the location of the battle. They obtained permission from English Heritage to excavate three long trenches. The excavation failed to produce any evidence of the battle – either artefacts or human remains – even though so many died in the fighting.