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.
Online courses: Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime
We are pleased to announce that we are developing both a free online course and an online masters-level suite of courses in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at the University of Glasgow. The free course starts in Feb 2016; enroll here. The masters-level postgraduate certification courses begin in Sep 2016; more information can be found on this page or by contacting Donna Yates.
Screening of ‘Dance of the Maize God’ at Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, 3 Dec
17 Nov 2015
The Hunterian Museum and the Trafficking Culture Project will be screening the film Dance of the...
Donna Yates speaking at Yale University, 24 Nov
17 Nov 2015
As part of the Dialogues in Heritage Science series, Donna Yates will be speaking at Yale...
Trafficking Culture presenting at American Society of Criminology, DC 18–21 Nov
11 Nov 2015
Roundtable and session on criminology and antiquities trafficking.
Behbeit el-Hagar temple reliefs
In 2004 a piece of temple relief was returned to Egypt from Christie’s New York...
Indian antiquities dealer accused of selling stolen antiquities through Sotheby’s.
Lost in translation: ‘Unprovenanced objects’ and the opacity/transparency agenda of museums’ policies
Starting from the case of ancient Malian terracotta in this article I propose an...