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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Antiquities Trafficking, Art Crime, Looting and Cultural Heritage Destruction: Blogs and Websites

A guide to resources on criminal activities related to archaeological sites and antiquities including looting, trafficking, and destruction of cultural heritage by Ellen Belcher


Trafficking Culture   (Univ. of Glasgow) Trafficking Culture aims to produce an evidence-based picture of the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects. This site offers an Encyclopedia; a page on relevant law a selection of methodological orientations and selected Publications; there's also a Projects page

Databases and Registrys

GlobalXplorer  is an online platform that uses the power of the crowd to analyze the incredible wealth of satellite images currently available to archaeologists.

London Stolen Art Database (LSAD; Met Police)

The Art Loss Register

Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) Object Registry

ICOM Red List

Focus on Syria and Iraq

ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research) Syrian Heritage Initative Project is a cooperative agreement between ASOR and the U.S. Department of State that is designed to document, protect, and preserve the cultural heritage of war-torn Syria. Hundreds of significant heritage sites have been damaged since fighting began in 2011. See their weekly reports page and/or follow them on facebook. 

APSA (Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology)

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Damaskus

ICOM (International Council of Museums), Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk

s h i r ī n (Syrian Heritage in Danger: an International Research Initiative and Network)

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Armed Conflict and Heritage and Safeguarding Syrian Cultural Heritage