Colin Renfrew

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Colin Renfrew is Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. He was formerly Disney Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge, Director of the McDonald Institute, and Director of the McDonald Institute’s Illicit Antiquities Research Centre. He is author of Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership (2000) and co-editor (with Neil Brodie and Jenny Doole) of Trade in Illicit Antiquities: the Destruction of the World’s Archaeological Heritage (2001). In 2000, he was invited to be a member of the ministerial Advisory Panel on Illicit Trade (ITAP), convened by the UK government to advise on policy as regards the antiquities trade. Recommendations made in ITAP’s report that the UK should accede to the 1970 UNESCO Convention and introduce specific criminal legislation were subsequently realized, with accession to the UNESCO Convention in 2001 and enactment of the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act in 2003.