Trafficking Culture aims to produce an evidence-based picture of the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects. This research programme is based at the University of Glasgow and is funded by the European Research Council.
On this website, you can keep up to date with the research as it progresses. The Projects page outlines the research activities which make up the overall research programme, and links to summaries of work to be undertaken in each research strand.
The Encyclopedia is a constantly evolving resource which presents introductory materials on the research topic. We encourage you to start here if you are looking for a short case study of a famously looted artefact, a critical analysis of a relevant law, a selection of methodological orientations for conducting research on the topic, or a brief introduction to criminological or social theory which may help us understand and engage with the issues. The Publications tab will take you to our research output past and present.
We very much welcome communication from researchers and others interested in the topic. Please see our Contact page.
‘Temple Looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a Statue Trafficking Network’ free for a limited time
Simon Mackenzie and Tess Davis‘ latest article is available, free to access for a limited period, via the British Journal of Criminology website here. This and other work by the Trafficking Culture Project has recently been featured on the National Geographic website.
‘Syrian Heritage in Crisis’ with Neil Brodie; 16 Jan. British Academy, London.
13 Jan 2015
Neil Brodie will be speaking alongside a panel of experts on the antiquities trafficking and...
Neil Brodie presenting at the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida, on 9 January.
06 Jan 2015
Neil Brodie will be presenting at the international conference ‘Unmasking Ideology: the...
More antiquities withdrawn after identification in Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions in New York
19 Dec 2014
Following the identification and withdrawal of the rare Sardinian idol in Christie’s, Dr.
British Museum Should Return The Parthenon Marbles To Greece
An opinion piece occasioned by the British Museum loan of the Ilissos river sculpture to the State...
Temple Looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a Statue Trafficking Network
Qualitative empirical studies of the illicit antiquities trade have tended to focus either on the...
Monuments Men, Hidden Treasures, and the Restitution of Looted Art
The recent discovery of a hidden art trove is the stuff of which movies are made. In fact, similar...