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New find is UK’s earliest example of Iron Age gold

Exciting news that jewellery found in a Staffordshire field is the earliest example of Iron Age gold ever found in Britain. The Daily Telegraph reports that the collection, made up of four twisted metal neckbands, called torcs and a bracelet, was discovered by two...

Panel debates on Risk Management in the Art and Antiquities Markets

City law firm K&L Gates will host the second in a series of day-long seminars on February 7 addressing risk in the art and antiquities market. The first of three panels across the day will feature Professor Janet Ulph of Leicester Law School, the University of...

Charles Ede Ltd help solve museum’s 160-year-old riddle

Congratulations to ADA member Charles Ede Ltd, who hit the headlines in mid January thanks to their initiative and the expertise of Egyptologist Tom Hardwick. As reported in Antiques Trade Gazette, two fragments of a decorative wooden box made c1400BC, during the...

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Protecting our Past for the Future – view from the Trade

We have talked today a lot about looting and have seen many illustrations, but it is clear that the greatest crisis currently facing world heritage is the destruction taking place in Syria and Iraq. The major causes of the destruction are two-fold: war with...

Collecting Antiquities

There are many antique shops and dealers in antiques throughout the country. Often they belong to the British Antique Dealers' Association (BADA) or to the London and Provincial Antiques Dealers' Association (LAPADA); there are also more focused local groups, such as...

Why Have an Antiquities Trade?

A fairly widely held and longstanding view argues that there is no place for trade in, and private ownership of, antiquities. The only place for them is – at best – in situ at their place of origin or – not quite so good – in a museum. The archaeologists, academics...