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.
Donna Yates to appear on Newshour Extra panel, live taping in Edinburgh on 25 August.
24 Aug 2016
Her fellow panalists include Dr Maamoun Abdulkarim, Director General of Antiquities and Museums in...
Prof Mackenzie speaking at Hong Kong Art Crime Conference, 22 October
22 Aug 2016
Hong Kong’s first international art crime conference, Simon Mackenzie will be speaking at...
Simon Mackenzie to present at the New Zealand Art Crime Symposium, 15 Oct
18 Aug 2016
The Symposium will bring together leading academics and researchers for an innovative and...
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...