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. For general communication please get in touch with us using the form on the Contact page, or if you want to contact a particular member of the team you’ll find individual email addresses listed on our People pages.
The Trafficking Culture project is always interested in hearing from potential students for our PhD and Research Masters programmes. There are a number of funding bodies that may provide support for students wishing to explore topics related to our project. If you are interested in studying with us, please forward a brief synopsis of your proposed research (not more than three pages) plus a CV to the Trafficking Culture post-graduate coordinator.
New book featuring chapter from Trafficking Culture team
22 Nov 2013
A new book has just been published by Vita e Pensiero in Milan, titled Beni culturali e sistema...
Suzie Thomas speaking at international conference in Romania
25 Oct 2013
Suzie Thomas is speaking at the “Current Trends in Archaeological Heritage Preservation: The...
Neil Brodie speaking in Ancient Olympia
03 Oct 2013
On 24 October, Neil Brodie will be in Ancient Olympia offering a keynote lecture at the Third...
Trafficking in Cultural Objects: an Empirical Overview
This paper reviews a selection of the main empirical studies in the field of the...
The changing legal landscape for Middle Eastern archaeology in the Colonial Era, 1800-1930
Ownership of antiquities has for millennia been a potent symbol conveying power and wealth,...
Quantifying and Describing the South and South East Asian Illicit Antiquities Trade: Australia as an Overlooked Destination?
The illicit antiquities trade, especially concerning smaller, portable artefacts deliberately...