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Donna Yates to visit Sanctuary of Copacabana, site of Bolivia’s most infamous church robbery

13 Aug 2013

Donna PuertaDeLaLuna For the past month Donna Yates has been in La Paz, Bolivia, conducting preliminary research into the looting of Andean churches and the trafficking of cultural property from these often-remote buildings. In 2013 alone there have been six major church robberies in Bolivia. Most troubling to Bolivians was the April 2013 robbery of the silver and gold embellishments of the Virgin of Copacabana;

Neil Brodie guest blogs for SAFE

08 Aug 2013

Neilbrodie1-190x179 (1) Trafficking Culture’s Senior Research Fellow Neil Brodie has written a piece for SAFE – Saving Antiquities for Everyone...

Donna and Suzie take part in the Day of Archaeology

29 Jul 2013

doa fb2 On Friday, 26th of July, Donna Yates and Suzie Thomas both contributed to the Day of Archaeology. The Day of Archaeology project, which began in 2011 and is run by volunteers, aims to provide a window onto the daily lives of archaeologists from all over the world. The project asks people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate by recording their day and...

Neil Brodie joins other experts in Paris

01 Jul 2013

Moyan Brenn Neil Brodie will be in Paris on 4 and 5 July at a meeting hosted by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to discuss the the illicit traffic in cultural objects. It marks the launch of a major new initiative by ICOM on behalf on the international museums’ community aimed at monitoring the traffic and promoting appropriate normative standards. More news about the project will be...

Donna Yates meets with Members of Bolivia’s Congress

21 Jun 2013

Bolivia_coa Donna Yates met with a delegation from Bolivia’s Asamblea Legislativa Plurinacional in Edinburgh yesterday. The Senators and Deputies, who are on an official visit to the UK, were touring Scotland and were keen to hear about  Donna’s previous and upcoming fieldwork in their country. A big ‘Thank You’ the Bolivian Embassy and the Bolivia Information Forum...

Tess Davis attends repatriation ceremony

18 Jun 2013

Davis Trafficking Culture Researcher Tess Davis attended the official repatriation ceremony for two 10th century Khmer masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Kingdom of Cambodia. This took place on 16 June at the opening of the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee, which is now being held in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The museum announced that it would voluntarily return the...

Glasgow’s Sociology rated number one in Scotland

13 Jun 2013

Table Last week, the Guardian’s University Guide 2014 placed Sociology at the University of Glasgow first in Scotland and second in the whole of the UK in its Sociology league table. The league table, published by the Guardian newspaper, is based on feedback and satisfaction levels from undergraduate students. League tables were compiled for all the major subject areas taught at...

Donna Yates in ‘Plunder to Preservation’ (OUP 2013)

07 Jun 2013

From Plunder to Preservation A chapter by Donna Yates appears in a new book released this month by the Oxford University Press.

Jessica Dietzler speaking at NYU-London Campus

05 Jun 2013

London_by_TJMorris Trafficking Culture PhD researcher Jessica Dietzler is going to be a guest speaker at the ‘NYU-London Seminar: Art Crime Today–Fakes, Forgeries, and Stolen Art’. The course, run by New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, runs from 17th to 21st June. Jessica’s presentation, on the work of Trafficking Culture and an overview of research...

Neil Brodie returns to Keros

03 Jun 2013

Keros viewed from the island of Koufonisi (Yates 2007) Neil Brodie is once again returning to the Cyclades to conduct archaeological survey work on the uninhabited island of Keros. This is follow-up work stemming from excavations conducted with Cambridge University’s Keros Project, which is led by Trafficking Culture friend Colin Renfrew. It is a continuation of fieldwork carried out on Keros over several seasons, including last summer.

Suzie Thomas presents keynote lecture, Brussels

21 May 2013

SuzieThomas On 30th May Suzie Thomas will give the keynote lecture at the Contactdagen voor Belgische en Nederlandse Archeologen en Bouwhistorici (BNA), an annual conference held alternately in Belgium and the Netherlands. A key issue for debate this year is that of hobbyist metal detecting and its interaction with archaeological sites, especially in light of proposed changes to legislation in the Belgian...

Images of looting at Apamea added to Data – *Updated*

09 May 2013

Syria2 Trafficking Culture has been given permission to disseminate two images captured using Google Earth showing Apamea in Syria. 

Neil Brodie and Donna Yates talking at Amherst

04 May 2013

Amherst Neil Brodie and Donna Yates are both speaking at the forthcoming conference, “The past for sale? New Perspectives on the Economic Entanglements of Cultural Heritage”, taking place at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage and Society, May 15-17. Donna presents a paper titled “Sticks v. Stones: A Comparative Discussion of the Commericialization and...

Internship opportunity in Cambodia

03 May 2013

Studentslastyear This summer, Tess Davis will lead Tulane University law students to the Southeast Asian Kingdom of Cambodia, where they will work to study and combat the illicit antiquities trade. In recent years, looters have have decimated Cambodia’s archaeological heritage in search of buried treasures to sell on the global art market.  The trafficking of these artefacts has developed into a criminal...

Vulnerability and Cultural Heritage conference, Leicester

30 Apr 2013

Leicester_Steve_Cadman Simon Mackenzie, Neil Brodie and Jessica Dietzler are all giving papers at the forthcoming conference “Vulnerability and Cultural Heritage I: heritage crime, illicit trade, stewardship and ethics“, to be held at the University of Leicester, UK, on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May. On the 9th of May Neil talks about “Provenance and price: The invisible hand of the antiquities...

Anti-Looting posters from Belize added to our Data section

25 Apr 2013

BelizePoster1 In early 2013 Belize’s Institute of Archaeology, a division of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) launched an anti-looting campaign and were kind enough to share two of their posters with us. We are very interested in popular media campaigns against looting and look forward to sharing more examples from around the world. The posters are available in the Data section of our...

Trafficking Culture Launches Tumblr

24 Apr 2013

tumblr We have a new addition to our social media! In an effort to reach a wider audience of students, scholars, and the general public, we will now be sharing entries from our encyclopedia on the official Trafficking Culture Tumblr: traffickingculture.tumblr.com You can expect bi-weekly updates, as well news and reblogs of related objects and issues. If you’re on Tumblr, be sure to follow...

“Plunder!” a talk by Neil Brodie on 25 April in Liverpool

23 Apr 2013

Neil Brodie Neil Brodie will give a talk on the trade in looted antiquities in Liverpool on 25 April.  The talk will be at 6:30pm at Cafe 17, 17 Hatton Garden, L3 2HA. All are welcome to attend.

SCCJR Working Lunches

19 Apr 2013

P1000044 The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, in which Trafficking Culture is based, recommences its Working Lunch series of seminars next week. These are a regular opportunity, usually on Wednesdays between 12.30 and 2pm, at the Meeting Room, Ivy Lodge, 63 Gibson Street, Glasgow. The Working Lunches offer an opportunity to hear about and discuss current criminological research from within...

Suzie Thomas presenting in Reykjavik

15 Apr 2013

Suzie_Snow On Monday 22nd April, Suzie Thomas talks about her research for Trafficking Culture at the Nordic TAG conference, hosted by the University of Iceland, Reykjavik. In the session, ‘Behind the (Iron) Curtain: Looking back on Soviet Archaeology’, Suzie speaks last, discussing ‘The trafficking of cultural objects in post-Soviet Russia’, drawing on her recent qualitative and...