Archaeologists accuse MoD of allowing US company to 'plunder' shipwreckExperts take legal advice in effort to block lucrative deal on underwater excavation of HMS Victory

06 May 2012 8:43 PM | Anonymous

Archaeologists accuse MoD of allowing US company to 'plunder' shipwreck

Experts take legal advice in effort to block lucrative deal on underwater excavation of HMS Victory

An image of what HMS Victory is thought to have looked like issued by Odyssey Marine Exploration in 2009. Photograph: John Batchelor/Odyssey Marine/PA

The Ministry of Defence is facing a legal battle and parliamentary questions after letting a US company excavate a British 18th-century warship laden with a potentially lucrative cargo.

Lord Renfrew is among leading archaeologists condemning a deal struck over HMS Victory, considered the world's mightiest ship when she sank in the Channel in 1744.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/may/06/hms-victory-shipwreck-odyssey-excavation?newsfeed=true

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