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.
More antiquities withdrawn after identification in Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions in New York
19 Dec 2014
Following the identification and withdrawal of the rare Sardinian idol in Christie’s, Dr.
Christos Tsirogiannis identifies rare Sardinian idol and Christie’s pull it from New York auction
28 Nov 2014
Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, Research Assistant in Trafficking Culture, on Friday 21 November...
Neil Brodie to give the evening lecture in Berlin’s international conference ‘Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit excavations and trade’
19 Nov 2014
Neil Brodie will be giving the evening lecture at the international conference ‘Cultural...
Monuments Men, Hidden Treasures, and the Restitution of Looted Art
The recent discovery of a hidden art trove is the stuff of which movies are made. In fact, similar...
Protecting Cultural Heritage by Strictly Scrutinizing Museum Acquisitions
A legal view of the post-1970 acquisition of illicit antiquities by North American Museums and...
The Protection of Abandoned Cultural Heritage in Spain
Spain is a nation rich in art treasures, and the countryside is a treasure trove of cultural...