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Not long ago the then British Culture Minister, David Lammy, called metal detectorists heritage heroes, something that caused consternation amongst archaeologists and all others who thought heritage belonged to us all and wasn’t up for individuals to take away for their own benefit.

We do wonder whether the Chinese Culture Minister and millions of his countrymen are currently using the same term about this gentleman, with rather more cause.

How about it Mr Lammy? If metal detectorists are heritage heroes how would you describe that person? And how does he measure up to the metal detectorist finder of this which your successor is trying to prevent being exported providing £35,000 can be hurriedly scraped together as a heroic reward? Maybe the hero could just donate it, as if he was a culture-loving Chinese patriot, what do you think? Or isn’t that how your version of heroism works?

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