HMS Queen Elizabeth dredging discovers human skull

More than 20,000 items ranging from a human skull to a German bomber engine have been dredged up from Portsmouth Harbour.

A total of 3.2 million cubic metres of sediment - the equivalent of 12,800 Olympic swimming pools - was removed to make way for the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The dredging was carried out to deepen the harbour mouth to enable the aircraft carrier, and its sister ship the Prince of Wales, to reach the Portsmouth Naval Base.

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More than 20,000 items ranging from a human skull (pictured) to a German bomber have been dredged up from Portsmouth Harbour

The dredging work uncovered 36 rusting ship anchors (one is pictured)

More than 20,000 items ranging from a human skull (left) to ship anchors (right) have been dredged up from Portsmouth Harbour

WHAT WAS FOUND IN PORTSMOUTH HARBOUR? 

More than 20,000 items have been dredged up from Portsmouth Harbour.

The work uncovered eight cannons, an aircraft engine, 36 anchors and a human skull - which was passed to local police. 

Also dredged up was a British torpedo, a German sea mine and five large bombs, which had to be disposed of by the Royal Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

The work uncovered eight cannons, an aircraft engine, 36 anchors and a human skull - which was passed to local police. 

Also dredged up were a British torpedo, a German sea mine and five large bombs which caused major disruption to the area while each was made safe by the Royal Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.  

Captain Iain Greenlees, head of infrastructure at Portsmouth Naval Base, said: 'The dredging was the culmination of 12 years' work monitoring the seabed environment around the harbour and unearthed a huge array of items, some of which may be historically significant, and underlines again Portsmouth's long maritime history.

A gold watch (left) and a German bomber engine were

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