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STOLEN ALERT IN BRUSSELS

Gallery Drees in Brussels has reported the theft of this collection of Egyptian gold pieces from the gallery between December and January. Please report any sightings or other relevant information to the...

Theft of Viking Treasure Devastates Norwegian Museum

The Committee For Cultural Policy has highlighted the devastating theft of Viking material from the University Museum of Bergen. The burglary took place on the weekend of August 11-13 when the thieves climbed scaffolding to a seventh-floor window, broke in and stole...

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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...