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Seminar Resources

Trafficking Culture:

“‘Broken System’ Allows ISIS to Profit From Looted Antiquities” by Steven Lee Myers and Nicholas Kulish, New York Times (2016)

Follow the Pots:

Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa (EAMENA Project)

The Blue Shield: US; UK

Observatory of Syrian Cultural Heritage

Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict with Regulations for the Execution of the Convention 1954 (Hague Convention)

Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970 (UNESCO Convention)

UN Security Council Resolution 661 (1990)

UN Security Council Resolution 1483 (2003)

Eu Council Regulation no 1332/2013

UN Security Council Resolution 2199 (2015)

Paper: Brodie, N. (2015), ‘Syria and its Regional Neighbors: A Case of Cultural Property Protection Policy Failure?’, International Journal of Cultural Property 22 (2–3): 317–335.

Paper: Brodie, N. (2009), ‘The market in Iraqi antiquities 1980-2008’, in S. Manacorda (ed.), Organised Crime in Art and Antiquities (Milan: International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations), 63-74.

Paper: Brodie, N. (2008), ‘The market background to the April 2003 plunder of the Iraq National Museum’, in P. Stone and J. Farchakh Bajjaly (eds), The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq (Woodbridge: Boydell), 41-54.

Paper: Brodie, N. (2008), ‘The Western market in Iraqi antiquities’, in L. Rothfield (ed.), Preventing Looting in Wartime: Learning from the Lessons of Iraq (Walnut Creek: AltaMira), 63-74.

Lecture Resources

Trafficking Culture:

Stolen Gods:

“Trafficking Culture” by Donna Yates, History Today (2015)

“How Cambodia’s Temples Fell to Looters” by Abby Seiff, DW (2014)

Paper: Mackenzie, S. and Davis, T. (2014), ‘Temple Looting in Cambodia Anatomy of a Statue Trafficking Network’, British Journal of Criminology, 54: 722–740.

Paper: Davis, T. and Mackenzie, S. (2014) ‘Crime and Conflict: Temple Looting in Cambodia’. In J. Kila and M. Balcells (eds) Cultural Property Crimes: an overview and analysis on contemporary perspectives and trends (Brill: Leiden) 292–306.

India Pride Project:
Anuraag Saxena speaking about their work:

“The Idol Thief” by Patrick Radden Keefe, New Yorker (2007)

“The Ultimate Temple Raider?: Inside an Antiquities-Smuggling Operation” by Tom Mashberg and Max Bearak, The New York Times (2015)

“Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime, free online course

General Resources

Culture Crime News with media database

ArThemis (art law) with case database

Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

International Council of Museums Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods

INTERPOL Works of Art (international) with database

UNESCO Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

Antiquities Coalition

Saving Antiquities for Everyone

Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA)

International Foundation for Art Research

Walk of Truth

FBI Art Crime Team (USA) with database

Department of State Cultural Property Protection, USA

Metropolitan Police Art & Antiquities, UK

Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela del Patrimonio Culturale, Italy, with database



Header Photo by Donna Yates