Trafficking Culture is a research consortium that produces evidence-based research into the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects.
Our researchers, based at University of Glasgow, Oxford University, and the University of Victoria at Wellington, combine criminological and archaeological expertise. Our work is geographically diverse and interdisciplinary.
By conducting innovative quantitative and qualitative research we have established a body of reliable evidence that supports the formulation of effective cultural heritage protection policy. We are committed to raising awareness about these issues through social media, on-line education, and professional training.
Dr Tsirogiannis’ research instrumental in seizure of looted Greek vase from Met Museum
01 Aug 2017
Full story featured in The New York Times...
Yates on PRI’s “The World” to talk about Hobby Lobby antiquities case
07 Jul 2017
Donna spoke about the “red flags” that were ignored by the purchaser of thousands of...
Yates to present Nepal research at workshop on ‘Disadvantage’, Glasgow 6-7 Jul
05 Jul 2017
Donna’s presentation is titled “Sacred Security: Threat, Vulnerability, and the Protection...
What is Grey About the ‘Grey Market’ in Antiquities
The global market in antiquities has been described as a ‘grey market’ in discussions by...
Uma Maheshwar from Nepal
A 12th century Hindu sculpture stolen from Nepal in 1982 and returned from a Berlin museum in 2000.
Second century Roman piece looted from Turkey and returned in a deal that included a tax write off...