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Society of Antiquaries of London

The Society of Antiquaries of London is a learned society, based in the United Kingdom, concerned with "the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries". This includes archaeology, architectural history, art history, conservation, heraldry, anthropology, and ecclesiastical studies.

In 1586 a precursor organisation, the College of Antiquaries, was founded and met until it was forbidden to do so by James I in 1614. The Royal Society showed some interest in archaeology until in 1707 the Society of Antiquaries was founded - the first meeting taking place in the Bear Tavern in The Strand on the 5th December.

The Society received a Royal Charter in 1751.

Members of the Society, known as Fellows, are elected by existing members of the Society.

See also Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

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