The recent weather and tidal surge may have led to the discovery of a mystery chamber on a beach on the north Northumberland coast.
A number of readers have contacted the Gazette this week about the site, near Alnmouth, which they believe could be a prehistoric or neolithic burial kist.
It is located in the cliff on the beach at Seaton Point, just below Foxton Golf Club, and as the photos, right, show, it appears to be a stone-lined chamber with what appears to be a type of lid.
Northumberland County Council’s conservation team has been made aware of the discovery and at present they are unsure of what the chamber is.
However, a member of staff is due to be visiting the site today to carry out a fuller investigation.
In last week’s Gazette, we reported that the tidal surge which caused such devastation the week before also uncovered a previously-hidden historic site on the north Northumberland coast.
The Second World War pillbox structure had been hidden under the sand dunes at Bamburgh and is in excellent condition.
It was exposed due to the high tide undercutting the dune system and is constructed of concrete sandbags with the hessian imprint still visible on the individual bags.