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.
From 2012 until 2016 this research programme was based at the University of Glasgow 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.
Call for Abstracts: The Pre-Columbian Antiquities Market: Reflections, Critiques, and Effecting Change
22 Jul 2016
Donna Yates, along with Cara Tremain, are organising a session at the upcoming Society for American...
Brodie and Yates attending meeting regarding Egyptian antiquities and public policy
29 Jun 2016
Hosted by University College London...
Yates speaking at All Art & Cultural Heritage Law Conference, Geneva, 25 June
23 Jun 2016
Hosted by the Univeristy of Geneva’s Art-Law Centre and the UNESCO Chair in the International...
Collectors on illicit collecting: Higher loyalties and other techniques of neutralization in the unlawful collecting of rare and precious orchids and antiquities
This paper has been made available via Open Access (CC-BY) and can also be found on the Theoretical...
Mapping the Supply: Usual Suspects and Identified Antiquities in 'Reputable' Auction Houses in 2013
The confiscation of the Medici, Becchina and Symes-Michaelides archives by the Italian...
Reasons to Doubt: Misleading Assertions in the London Antiquities Market
Over the last few years of media reporting on my identifications of looted antiquities in the...