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.
Donna Yates giving a public lecture in Kathmandu on 14 July
11 Jul 2015
The event, hosted by Kathmandu Metropolitan City and ImPACT! Productions, will take place at the...
Jessica Dietzler an invited discussant at Royal United Services Institute Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies
08 Jul 2015
Jessica Dietzler was invited by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Centre for Financial...
Donna Yates in Nepal next week to observe heritage security
06 Jul 2015
Project researcher Donna Yates will be in Kathmandu from 9 until 19 July to observe heritage site...
Auction houses and the antiquities trade.
From their prestigious premises in London and New York the large auction houses Sotheby’s and...
The antiquities trade: Four case studies
Antiquities are generally held to comprise individual objects or parts of larger objects or...
The Internet market in Precolumbian antiquities
The first secure online retail transaction took place in August 1994 (Ariguzo et al. 2006: 240).