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.
Tsiroginnis to speak at Chartered Inst. for Archaeologists conference, Leicester, 21 Apr
03 Apr 2016
Entitled: 20 years of Forensic Archaeology vs. the international illicit antiquities network...
Tsirogiannis to advise All-Party Parliamentary Group on heritage policy
03 Apr 2016
Dr Christos Tsirogiannis was selected by the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the...
Yates to speak at Yale Culture in Crisis Workshop, UN Global Colloquium of Uni Presidents, 11 Apr
18 Mar 2016
Co-hosted by The V & A Museum and Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural...
Stolen South Arabian stela returned to Yemen by Phoenix Ancient Art in 2004...
Empress Dou Figurines
Figurines stolen from Tomb of Empress Dou returned to China by Sotheby’s in 2003.
Bijbels Museum theft
Egyptian artefacts stolen from the Bijbels Museum in Amsterdam and returned by Christie’s New...