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Operation Pandora fails to uncover conflict zone artefacts

A detailed investigation by the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA) into the findings of Operation Pandora has revealed some interesting results. Pre-eminent among these is that the authorities did not find a single artefact from a conflict...

Iraq Embassy list of items looted by ISIS from Mosul Museum

The Iraq Embassy in London has supplied the British Museum with a comprehensive list of items missing from the Mosul Museum as a result of looting by ISIS. The Embassy has asked that the artefacts described be included on the Emergency Red List. The ADA asks its...

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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...