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Donna Yates awarded €1.5m European Research Council Starting Grant

27 Jul 2018

Donna-on-STV For the project “Trafficking transformations: objects as agents in transnational criminal networks”

Emiline Smith passes her PhD viva: Congratulations Dr Smith!

24 Jul 2018

emiline-and-ali We are pleased to announce that Emiline Smith has passed her PhD viva with flying colours. Emiline’s dissertation, entitled “Illicit Markets in the Global City: The Cultural Property Trade in Hong Kong”, is the product of a year of dedicated fieldwork on the movement of cultural objects through the region. Her work expands upon the idea of Hong Kong as a global city, taking a...

Brodie and Yates completing study on illicit trafficking of antiquities through Europe for the European Commission

10 Jul 2018

european_commission-svg With partner Ecorys, Neil Brodie and Donna Yates have been selected to complete European Commission EAC/06/2017 “Improving Knowledge on Illicit Trade in Cultural Goods in the EU”.

Tsirogiannis speaking at University of Cambridge, 17 January

15 Jan 2018

christos-tsirogiannis-square Dr Christos Tsirogiannis will be speaking at the McDonal Lunchtime Seminar Series at the University of Cambridge’s McDonald Institute of Archaeology. The title of his talk is “Recent Developments in Illicit Antiquities Research” and it will take place on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 13.15 pm in the McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Site.

Yates speaking at C14 conference, ETH Zurich, 16–17 Nov 2017

14 Nov 2017

000137785w “Radiocarbon dating and protection of cultural heritage” has been organized by ETH Zurich and University of Geneva, with a support of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Commission for UNESCO, Bern. Yates will be speaking about the antiquities market as a “grey market” with a special focus on how the actions of professionals and experts supports and...

Mackenzie giving a public lecture on white-collar and organised crime and antiquities trafficking at WLU, Toronto, 6 November.

26 Sep 2017

simon-mackenzie-police Prof. Mackenzie’s talk is entitled Policing white-collar crime and organised crime in international markets in trafficked cultural objects. The public lecture will be held on Monday 6 November from 7 to 8:30pm. More information is available from the Criminology Department at Wilfred Laurier University. An abstract for the talk is below: This talk will consider the challenges of policing...

“Meet the Archaeologist Who Helps Find Stolen Art”, Tsirogiannis profiled on History.com

31 Aug 2017

christos-tsirogiannis-square Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis’ work has been featured on The History Channel’s website: In August 2004, Christos Tsirogiannis got a message that would change his life. Would he be interested in accompanying the Athens police on a raid? It might not seem like a job for an archaeologist, but police told him they might need his expertise once they got there. He agreed, got in an unmarked...

Yates presenting at “Art, Crime & Criminals” workshop, Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin, 7–8 Sep

31 Aug 2017

Donna PuertaDeLaLuna Organised by Professor Duncan Chappell, Dr Saskia Hufnagel, and Ms Marissa Marjos, this is the third of three AHRC-funded Art Crime focused workshops, the first two of which were in London and were great. This workshop specifically focuses on the looting, plunder, and destruction of heritage. Yates will be be providing a regional case study: trafficking of antiquities in and out of Latin...

Brodie keynote speaker at Archives and Records Association Conference, Manchester, 1 Sep

31 Aug 2017

neil-brodie-square The theme of this year’s ARA conference is ‘Challenge the Past, Set the Agenda’. Dr Brodie’s keynote, held on 1 Sept from 9:30 to 10:20 am, is entitled: “Scholarly Engagement with Unprovenanced Ancient Manuscripts”: There is increasing concern in the UK and Republic of Ireland about the risk of theft, destruction or illicit disposal of cultural heritage, though...

Dr Tsirogiannis’ research instrumental in seizure of looted Greek vase from Met Museum

01 Aug 2017

met-krater-python Full story featured in The New York Times...

Yates on PRI’s “The World” to talk about Hobby Lobby antiquities case

07 Jul 2017

cuneiform-tablet-museum-of-the-bible Donna spoke about the “red flags” that were ignored by the purchaser of thousands of Iraqi artefacts. Both the audio of the interview and a written version can be found here: https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-07-06/hobby-lobby-ignored-red-flags-about-stolen-iraqi-artifacts...

Yates to present Nepal research at workshop on ‘Disadvantage’, Glasgow 6-7 Jul

05 Jul 2017

MOOC Shiva FL-Security-Grill-Kathmandu-by-Donna-Yates Donna’s presentation is titled “Sacred Security: Threat, Vulnerability, and the Protection of Sacred Art in Nepal”, and is based on a soon-to-be published paper co-authored with Simon Mackenzie. The workshop is free to attend, with registration available via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-on-disadvantage-tickets-35343002873 More information about the workshop: 6th...

Mackenzie and Yates speak at organized crime conference in Hong Kong, 22-24 Jun

03 Jun 2017

1-title139434709 Organized Crime along “One Belt – One Road” was hosted by the City University of Hong Kong.

Brodie to deliver keynote at Working with Cultural Objects and Manuscripts Symposium, Helsinki, 6 June

03 Jun 2017

university_of_helsinki-svg The symposium and WCOM project is funded by the University of Helsinki Future Fund.

Dr Christos Tsirogiannis featured in National Geographic

02 May 2017

sto-orvieto-tis-italias-thumb-large “Museum-Goers Beware: That Ancient Artifact May Be Stolen”

“Quest for the Lost City” featuring Neil Brodie available for free viewing

02 May 2017

Brodie La Corona Join our Neil Brodie as he explores the Maya site of La Corona, Guatemala, a heavily looted ancient city which may be the mysterious Site Q. 

Dr Brodie speaking on Trafficking of Syrian Cultural Objects, Brown Uni, 4 April

04 Apr 2017

Joukowsky Neil Brodie will be in Providence, Rhode Island, today to speak at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology at Brown University. His talk is entitled: The Theft and Trafficking of Cultural Objects from Syria, and it is part of a year-long lecture series called “Combating Crisis: New Responses to Cultural Heritage Preservation in the Middle East” sponsored by the Joukowsky Institute...

Prof Mackenzie giving public lecture at National Library of NZ, Wellington 6 April

24 Mar 2017

Simon Mackenzie Simon will be giving a talk titled “Cultural Capitalism and Cross-Border Crime: International Trafficking in Cultural Objects”

“The Precoumbian Antiquities Market”: Yates chair and discussant for conference session in Vancouver, 1 Apr

06 Mar 2017

Donna-v-Maya This session at the 82nd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology meeting.

Tsirogiannis speaking at Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm for ‘CULTURE AT RISK’ Symposium, 31 Mar

06 Mar 2017

medelhavsmuseet_002_w-736x460 His talk is entitled “The Global trafficking in Looted Cultural Objects and he will be joined by a collection of experts in this field. Although the symposium, hosted by The National Museums of World Culture, Sweden and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, is free and open to all, attendants must register before 23 March. For more information about the symposium and to register,...