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.
Trafficking Culture attending SAA San Francisco 15-19 April
13 Apr 2015
Neil Brodie and Donna Yates will be attending the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American...
Tracking Illicit Antiquities: new website section with seized photos and stories
10 Apr 2015
Trafficking Culture is pleased to announce a new section of our website. Tracking Illicit...
Emiline Smith speaking at University of Hong Kong, 24 March
17 Mar 2015
Emiline Smith will present ‘Cross-Border Cultural Property Trade in Hong Kong’
San Andrés de Machaca Church Looting
This remote Bolivian church has been robbed on several occasions; two paintings stolen from it were...
Corinth Museum Theft 1990
In 1990 thieves stole more than 270 artifacts from the museum of the Corinth excavations in...
Cara Sucia is a Salvadoran archaeological site which experienced several major episodes of looting.