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.
Trafficking Culture is now an International Research Consortium
31 Jan 2016
The Trafficking Culture Project was initially conceived of as a 4-year academic research project...
Online courses: Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime
31 Jan 2016
We are pleased to announce that we have developed a free online course on Antiquities Trafficking...
Market of Mass Destruction: Introducing Neil Brodie’s new blog
19 Jan 2016
Our researcher Neil Brodie has started a blog for expert commentary on the looting, trafficking,...
Maya antiquities sold at Sotheby’s in 1995
Two pre-Columbian antiquities offered for sale by Sotheby’s New York in 1994, were later...
"Due Diligence"? Christie’s antiquities auction, London, October 2015
Analysing four new case studies of antiquities which seem to be illicit and which were offered...
Illicit Cultural Property from Latin America: Looting, Trafficking, and Sale
This chapter will provide a broad overview of the the , smuggling, and illegal sale of cultural...