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HMS Victory wreck to be brought to the surface?

An archaeologist is calling for the sunken wreck of the HMS Victory to be brough to the surface for excavation to avoid further damage.

Dr Sean Kingsley is an archaeological consultant for Odyssey Marine Exploration, who found the shipwreck in the English Channel in April 2008.

He said the site would continue to suffer damage from bottom fishing and could not be protected by exclusion zones as it is too far from land.

The site’s future is the subject of a public consultation ending on 30 June.

The consultation, being held by the UK government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Ministry of Defence, puts forward three options; manage the site with no excavation, limited excavation and management of the site and full excavation with the artefacts being used to educate and celebrate Britain’s heritage.

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