Work within Portsmouth Harbour has been continuing for several years, mainly in collaboration with the Department of Geography University of Portsmouth. This is an area which deserves urgent attention; the harbour is subject to the stress of modern development in a way that its neighbours Langstone and Chichester are not.
Set at the foot of a chalk escarpment, the harbour is a drowned river basin. The northern bank accommodates the impressive Roman coastal fort of Portchester, and to the east lies Portsmouth which grew from a medieval town to become one of the country’s principal post-medieval port and dockyard sites.
The Portsmouth Harbour Project aims to record the maritime archaeology and heritage of the harbour before it is lost.