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May 8, 2012

Pride's Purge

Experts take legal advice in effort to block lucrative deal on excavation of the sunken ruins of the historic wreck of the NHS UK

The UK government is facing a legal battle and parliamentary questions after letting private companies excavate a British 20th-century shipwreck laden with potentially lucrative assets.

Lord Renfrew is among leading archaeologists condemning a deal struck over the wreck of the NHS UK, considered a national treasure when she was sank by a ruthless coalition of pirates in 2012.

An image of what the historic NHS UK is thought to have looked like

In return for excavating the vessel’s historic remains, which may include assets worth many millions of pounds, private salvage companies Serco Group and Virgin Healthcare are entitled to receive “a percentage of the recovered assets’ fair value” or “artefacts in lieu of cash”.

Lord Renfrew, a Cambridge academic, said:

That is against the Unesco…

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