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Time Team: Series 14, 2007 - Click on the links below for the different programmes
Isle of Man - Finds on the Fairway
Blacklands - There's no place like Rome
Hooke Court - School Diggers
Anglesey - The Druid's Last Stand
Shorncliffe - Sharpe's Redoubt
Stilton - A Port and Stilton
Wicken - A Tale of Two Villages
Warburton - No stone unturned...
Dotton - The Domesday Mill
Chesham Bois - The Cheyne Gang
Godstone - Road to the Relics
Poulton - The Abbey Habit
Bodmin Moor - In the shadow of the Tor

Isle of Man - Finds on the Fairway

This week's programme centres upon the investigation of an early medieval chapel, or ‘keeill’, a type of site for which the Island is well known. Excavation revealed not only the site of the chapel itself but also the enclosure in which it stood. A number of finds were made, including something very special....

Andrew Johnson, Field Archaeologist for Manx National Heritage said:
“Several months ago we considered a number of sites and visited several with members of the production team, and talked through the potential issues, problems and benefits. It came down to one site, which seemed to fit all the criteria for both Time Team and MNH”.

Under Manx law, archaeological excavation may only take place with permission from Manx National Heritage. This requires that professional standards are met, including the preparation of a proper archive and report, which must be lodged with Manx National Heritage.

Andrew Johnson explained:
“A lot of people probably think that Time Team travel around Britain digging wherever they want to. In fact, the team undertakes archaeological evaluations to a high standard in a short space of time. Whilst the three-day format is part of the tele-visual product, in some ways it is no different from many evaluations carried out ahead of proposed building developments within a very restricted timescale. The art comes in selecting a site which is amenable to this kind of investigation, and offers good prospects for a useful set of results”.

The excavation also identified the site of the keeill itself. Almost no keeills have been excavated to modern standards, and so the investigation was invaluable in producing evidence for the construction of the walls, the doorway, and the level of the floor, and providing archaeologists with an impression of what the structure looked like nearly a thousand years ago.

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