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.
Brodie to address UNESCO, Paris, 27 September
23 Sep 2016
Neil Brodie will be at UNESCO addressing the Fourth Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the...
Yates attending UNESCO intergovernmental committee meeting for Return of Cultural Property, 29 Sept
23 Sep 2016
Donna Yates will be at the Twentieth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the...
Enrol in our Antiquities Trafficking summer course at Victoria Uni, Wellington (Nov–Dec)
20 Sep 2016
This exciting new course is his course is open to the public.
A Maya codex of questionable authenticity that appeared on the market in 1971.
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...