News  |  Posted February 4, 2016

Free online course on Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime

Hole cut through Roman floor mosaicA free University of Glasgow four week course starts this week that you can join at any point throughout its duration, although you may miss discussion and content joining late.

The devastation caused by the trafficking of illicit antiquities and the theft of art has gained widespread public attention in recent years.

Confronted with the pock-marked “lunar landscapes” of archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria, freshly decapitated Buddha sculptures in Cambodia and empty frames on the walls of museums, we face a difficult question: how do we protect our heritage from theft, illegal sale, and destruction?

The course will give you a better understanding of:

– The criminal networks that engage in antiquities trafficking and art crime
– The harmful effects that these phenomena have on communities and society as a whole
– What scholars, police, and lawmakers are doing to protect our heritage.

By combining cutting-edge research in the fields of criminology, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, art history, museums studies, and law, we will shed light on the grey market for stolen art.

In Week 1, we will track how ancient artefacts are looted from archaeological sites, trafficked across multiple international borders, and end up in the possession of some of the world’s most respectable museums and collectors.