A post coin heist visit to the National Museum of Scotland
Reveling in a Maya masterpiece
Posted on 2 September 2015
The Fenton Vase is visiting Glasgow as part of the Trafficking Culture exhibition at the Hunterian Museum.
Master Thieves by Stephen Kurkjian
Posted on 30 August 2015
An engaging, up-to-date exploration of the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum art heist.
The China Collectors by Karl E. Meyer & Shareen Blair Brysac
Posted on 14 August 2015
First in a series of art crime, antiquities trafficking, and provenance book reviews. Authors and publishers, get in touch!
Archaeological Institute of America St. Louis Society selling Meosamerican antiquities at auction
Posted on 27 October 2014
Does the sale of ‘clean’ antiquities encourage the black market? Ethical questions.
Sacking the Necropolis: how 100 Peruvian mummy textiles ended up in Sweden
Posted on 9 June 2014
“Sweden Returns Ancient Andean Textiles to Peru“. Now that is a headline I like to see.
“Hell yes, it was smuggled”: Stolen Cambodian statue is not the first Norton Simon has returned
Posted on 24 May 2014
Collector spent $16mil over 2 years mostly on smuggled Asian antiquities.
High-altitude mummy looting: the Cerro El Plomo child
Posted on 7 May 2014
The first high-altitude frozen mummy found in Chile was located and then hidden by looters
On BBC Radio Scotland talking about antiquities trafficking
Posted on 5 April 2014
Looting in India and the difficulties involved in prosecuting this type of crime.
Two pots, two stories: vignette on the looting of Guatemala’s Maya past
Posted on 1 April 2014
How does an ancient Maya vase end up in a UK museum?
Loopholes: dealers and museums profit from ‘charitable’ donations
Posted on 10 March 2014
A tax break scheme exposed in 1981 involving unprovenanced pre-Columbian antiquities
Wrongs and rights at the National Gallery of Australia
Posted on 8 March 2014
Positive international partnership brings Peruvian gold and praise; absurd denial of wrong-doing in stolen idol case brings resounding criticism.