Archaeologists unearth chapel secrets

Phil Harding and The Time Team at work at St Ebbs Nook in Beadnell.
Phil Harding and The Time Team at work at St Ebbs Nook in Beadnell.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS from the Channel 4 show Time Team were back on the north Northumberland coast for a dig on an at-risk monument.

St Ebba’s chapel is a 13th century site situated on a rocky promontory at Beadnell.

The chapel itself was excavated in the mid-19th century, but remains enigmatic. It is surrounded by a series of mysterious earthworks that could be the remains of an unknown early Christian settlement.

In 1994, work was conducted at the site to investigate a strange feature that appears to have been used as a lime kiln.

The site is in danger of disappearing into the sea and English Heritage has placed the site on its register of monuments at risk, inviting Time Team to help them unlock its secrets before it’s too late.

The long-running series, presented by Tony Robinson, also came to Bamburgh Castle for an episode which aired in April this year.