A remarkable archaeological find in the English Channel has shown that the Elizabethan navy were “almost 50 years ahead of their time technologically”.

Many sixteenth century cannons were discovered and have been described by marine archaeologist and fellow of St Peter’s, Mensun Bound, as “Britain’s first weapons of mass destruction.”

Although measuring a mere seven feet, a test fire of a replica demonstrated the exceptional power of the cannons.

Mr. Bound proclaimed the find as the “first set of uniform cannons, capable of firing the same size shot in a deadly barrage.”