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More antiquities withdrawn after identification in Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions in New York

19 Dec 2014

Christos Tsirogiannis Following the identification and withdrawal of the rare Sardinian idol in Christie’s, Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, Research Assistant in Trafficking Culture, identified from convicted dealers’ photographic archives three more antiquities in Christie’s and one in Sotheby’s due to be auctioned in New York. In Christie’s, an Egyptian alabaster figural jug (lot 51), estimated at $150,000...

Christos Tsirogiannis identifies rare Sardinian idol and Christie’s pull it from New York auction

28 Nov 2014

Christos Tsirogiannis Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, Research Assistant in Trafficking Culture, on Friday 21 November identified in the photograph archive of a dealer in illicit antiquities a rare marble Sardinian idol, due to be auctioned by Christie’s as lot 85 in their antiquities auction in New York on 11 December. The idol was the most expensive object in the auction, estimated at $800,000-1,200,000 and is part...

Neil Brodie to give the evening lecture in Berlin’s international conference ‘Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit excavations and trade’

19 Nov 2014

Neilbrodie1-190x179 (1) Neil Brodie will be giving the evening lecture at the international conference ‘Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit excavations and trade‘. The lecture will be entitled “Transnational Organised Crime and the Antiquities Trade” and will be given in the Rotunda of the Altes Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The conference will take place in Berlin, on 11 and 12 December...

Trafficking Cultural Objects: special issue of the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

18 Nov 2014

cda_displayimage We are pleased to announce the publication of a Special Issue of the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research edited by Simon Mackenzie and Neil Brodie: EJCPR: Special Issue on Trafficking Cultural Objects Volume 20, Issue 4, December 2014 Trafficking Cultural Objects: Introduction By Neil Brodie and Simon Mackenzie Provenance and Price: Autoregulation of the Antiquities Market? By Neil...

Simon Mackenzie and Donna Yates at American Society of Crimiology Meeting, San Francisco

18 Nov 2014

san-franc Simon Mackenzie and Donna Yates will be in San Francisco this week to present at the American Society of Criminology meeting. On Thursday 20 Nov, Simon and Donna will present papers in a session entitled “Art and Antiquities Trafficking“. Simon’s paper, written with Tess Davis and Blythe Bowman, is called “The Global Illicit Antiquities Trade as Economic Crime”.

Neil Brodie and Donna Yates speaking at University of Manchester on 25 Oct

20 Oct 2014

Publish or not to publish Flyer Neil Brodie will be presenting and Donna Yates will serve as a discussant at “To publish or not to publish? A multidisciplinary approach to the politics, ethics and economics of ancient artefacts“

Donna Yates speaking at Universities of Reading and Essex this week

20 Oct 2014

Donna in Bolivia Donna Yates will be presenting two public seminars this week.

Neil Brodie presenting at UNESCO in Paris on 2 Oct.

30 Sep 2014

80298504 On Thursday 2 October, Neil Brodie will be at UNESCO in Paris attending the 19th session of the Intergovernmental Committee For Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation, where he will be presenting a paper entitled ‘Internet Sales of Cultural Objects’.

Tess Davis at the Second Annual Cultural Heritage Seminar of the Federal Bar Association

29 Sep 2014

Tess2 Trafficking Culture’s Affiliate Researcher Tess Davis is organizing the Second Annual Cultural Heritage Seminar of the Federal Bar Association that will take place in New Orleans on 2nd October, 2014 (from 9:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.). The theme of the seminar will be: ‘Spoils of War: Plunder and Destruction of Cultural Heritage in the Pacific Theater of World War II’. The event will...

Jessica Dietzler at the 42nd Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control

01 Sep 2014

Jessica Dietzler Trafficking Culture’s PhD student Jessica Dietzler will participate in the 42nd Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, organised in Liverpool from 3rd – 6th September, 2014. The theme of the conference will be: ‘Resisting the Demonisation of ‘the Other’: State, Nationalism and Social Control in a Time of...

Trafficking Culture’s research in the press

19 Aug 2014

Mosaic from Zeugma Results of research by several members of the Trafficking Culture Project have been picked up in several news outlets recently: Cổ vật ở Campuchia bị đánh cắp bởi tội phạm liên quan với quân đội  (30 June 2014) Sur la trace des pilleurs d’Angkor (Le Monde, 1 July 2014) Glasgow University uncovers relic looting networks (The Scotsman 1 July 2014) Losing Maya Heritage to...

Tess Davis to speak at the American Chamber of Commerce, Cambodia

28 Jul 2014

Tess Davis Project affiliate Tess Davis will be giving a talk entitled “Looted Cambodian Antiquities: The Case of the Duryodhana Statue and Sotheby’s” on 7 August 2014 at the American Chamber of Commerce in Phenom Penh. Please email admin@amchamcambodia.net to RSVP.

Donna Yates in Belize to study trafficking of Maya artefacts

16 Jul 2014

Donna-v-Maya Donna Yates will be in Belize until 29 July conducting preliminary research on the looting and trafficking of Maya antiquities. We hope this will be the start of a fruitful partnership with Belize on this topic. Today she leaves Belmopan for the San Ignacio area and plans to spend much of next week in the northern part of the country near Orange Walk Town and along the Mexican border. You can...

2014 Award for Excellence in Art Crime Scholarship

12 Jul 2014

DSC_0424 At the end of June, Simon Mackenzie attended the annual conference held by ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art, in Amelia, Italy, to receive the 2014 Eleanor and Anthony Vallombroso Award for Excellence in Art Crime Scholarship. In accepting the award, Simon thanked the rest of the Trafficking Culture team for their invaluable work towards making the project a success. The...

Donna Yates contributes to the Day of Archaeology with “Lost cities and looted tombs”

11 Jul 2014

doa fb2 In a post for the 2014 Day of Archaeology titled “Lost cities and looted tombs: Studying artifact smuggling in Belize” Donna discusses conducting fieldwork on antiquities trafficking in Central America. According to their website, “The Day of Archaeology project aims to provide a window into the daily lives of archaeologists from all over the world.  The project asks people...

Neil Brodie at ICOM meeting in Paris on the International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods

30 Jun 2014

ICOM Neil Brodie will be in Paris on 3 and 4 July at a meeting hosted by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to discuss its major new initiative International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods (http://obs-traffic.museum/) aimed at monitoring the traffic and promoting appropriate normative standards.

Trafficking Culture at ARCA’s 6th annual conference in Amelia, Italy

26 Jun 2014

Amelia The  Association for Research into Crimes against Art based in Amelia, Italy is hosting its 6th annual interdisciplinary Art Crime conference on 28 and 29 June 2014. The full programme is here. Christos Tsirogiannis will be chairing Panel 2, which is entitled ‘The Many Faces of the Illegal Heritage Trade’.

Temple Looting in Cambodia by Mackenzie and Davis free to access for a limited period

17 Jun 2014

Looting at Phnom Banan, Battambang, Cambodia Simon Mackenzie and Tess Davis‘ latest article is available, free to access for a limited period, via the British Journal of Criminology website. Temple Looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a Statue Trafficking Network Abstract: Qualitative empirical studies of the illicit antiquities trade have tended to focus either on the supply end, through interviews with looters, or on the demand...

Trafficking Culture featured on National Geographic site

17 Jun 2014

url We are excited to have been profiled in the article: New Evidence Ties Illegal Antiquities Trade to Terrorism, Violent Crime Trafficking culture would like to thank reporter Heather Pringle for her hard work on this piece.

Christos Tsirogiannis presenting at conference on Heritage Ethics, University of Kent

16 Jun 2014

Christos Tsirogiannis The University of Kent is hosting a conference entitled: ‘New Approaches to Heritage Ethics: Interdisciplinary conversations on Heritage, Crime, Conflicts and Rights’ on 23 and 24 of June. The full programme is attached. Christos Tsirogiannis will present a paper titled ‘Looted, smuggled and stolen antiquities identified in auction houses: what have we learned in the last eight...