Trafficking Culture is an international research consortium that produces evidence-based research into the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects.
On this site, you can keep up to date with our work as it progresses.
We encourage you to start your exploration of this topic with our Encyclopedia, a constantly evolving resource which presents introductory materials on the research topic. In it you will find numerous cases studies of famously looted artefacts, critical analysis of a relevant law, selection of methodological orientations for conducting research on the topic, and a brief introduction to criminological or social theory which may help us understand and engage with the issues. We also encourage you to visit our Publications section which contains our research output past and present and includes over 100 academic articles about the illicit trade in cultural objects.
Our researchers are based out of Victoria University of Wellington, Oxford University, and the University of Glasgow. From 2012 until 2016 this research programme was housed at the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and was funded by the European Research Council.
We very much welcome communication from researchers and others interested in the topic. Please see our Contact page.
Prof Mackenzie giving public lecture at National Library of NZ, Wellington 6 April
24 Mar 2017
Simon will be giving a talk titled “Cultural Capitalism and Cross-Border Crime: International...
“The Precoumbian Antiquities Market”: Yates chair and discussant for conference session in Vancouver, 1 Apr
06 Mar 2017
This session at the 82nd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology meeting.
Tsirogiannis speaking at Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm for ‘CULTURE AT RISK’ Symposium, 31 Mar
06 Mar 2017
His talk is entitled “The Global trafficking in Looted Cultural Objects and he will be joined...
Prompt in Theory and Delay in Practice: a case study in museum ethics
This article investigates the long-delayed repatriation of an Attic red figure volute krater...
Trafficking Cultural Objects and Human Rights
The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights is available...
Mosaic Maya Mask
Mosaic stone mask said to have been looted from a Mexican cave and now in the collection of...