Trafficking Culture is a research consortium that produces evidence-based research into the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects.
Our researchers, based at University of Glasgow, Oxford University, and the University of Victoria at Wellington, combine criminological and archaeological expertise. Our work is geographically diverse and interdisciplinary.
By conducting innovative quantitative and qualitative research we have established a body of reliable evidence that supports the formulation of effective cultural heritage protection policy. We are committed to raising awareness about these issues through social media, on-line education, and professional training.
Yates speaking at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada: 12 October
10 Oct 2018
The talk, titled “Ancient Art and Modern Crime: How Stolen Antiquities End Up In Our Most...
Donna Yates awarded €1.5m European Research Council Starting Grant
27 Jul 2018
For the project “Trafficking transformations: objects as agents in transnational criminal...
Emiline Smith passes her PhD viva: Congratulations Dr Smith!
24 Jul 2018
We are pleased to announce that Emiline Smith has passed her PhD viva with flying...
Maithuna from Atru
Two 9th/10th century reliefs stolen from a temple in Rajasthan in 2009 and returned from the...
The Illegal Excavation and Trade of Syrian Cultural Objects: A View from the Ground
The illegal excavation and trade of cultural objects from Syrian archaeological sites worsened...
Machaquilá Stela 2
Maya sculpture looted from Guatemala and smuggled into the U.S. resulting in a ground-breaking...