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.
Our researchers are based out of Victoria University of Wellington, Oxford University, and the University of Glasgow. From 2012 until 2016 this research programme was housed at the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research 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.
Yates visiting MSU for public lecture & workshop, 26–27 Oct
19 Oct 2016
The Anthropology Dept at Michigan State University...
Mackenze and Smith speaking at ‘Art, Antiquities, Heritage and Wildlife Crime in Southeast Asia’, Hong Kong, 22 Oct
18 Oct 2016
Hosted by the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Conference will involve...
Brodie speaking at Conference of Experts on Return of Cultural Property, Seoul, 17-19 Oct
11 Oct 2016
Dr. Neil Brodie will be in South Korea...
Tomb of Mutirdis Relief Fragment
Stolen Egyptian tomb relief recovered from Bonhams in 2008.
Marcus Aurelius head
Marble head stolen from Algerian museum recovered from Christie’s New York in 2004.
Saqqara Royal Duck Vessels
Two stolen alabaster duck vessels returned to Egypt in 2008, one from Christie’s...