Tracking Illicit Antiquities: new website section with seized photos and stories

10 Apr 2015

The Sculture in Robin Symes' gallery (from the Symes archive)

Trafficking Culture is pleased to announce a new section of our website. Tracking Illicit Antiquities will present brief case studies of the identification and return of illicit cultural objects identified in the seized photographic archives of convicted antiquities smugglers and dealers. Stemming from the work of our research Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, this evidence is offered here to assist researchers and to provide material for educational purposes.

Our first case is the fourth-century BC sculptural group of two griffins attacking a fallen doe which, following identification, was returned to Italy from the J Paul Getty Museum in 2007. We will be updating this section with additional cases frequently. Please follow our twitter account for new addition announcements.