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Antiquities Trafficking, Art Crime, Looting and Cultural Heritage Destruction: Books

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

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Keywords: Cultural Heritage - Cultural Property AND [country] * Cultural Property AND Law * Archaeological and Thefts * Smuggling

Subject Terms: Archaeological thefts. * Art thefts. * Cultural property -- Protection. * Cultural property -- Protection (International law) * Cultural property -- Protection -- Law and legislation * Cultural property -- Protection -- Law and legislation -- United States

Books available in John Jay Library

Atwood, Roger.  Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers and the Looting of the Ancient World , St. Martin's Press, 2004. Stacks - CC135 .A85 2004

 Bogdanos, Matthew , Thieves of Baghdad , Bloomsbury USA, 2005.

Stacks - DS79.76 .B635 2005


Charney, Noah  Art crime : terrorists, tomb raiders, forgers and thieves. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Reserve Room - 1 week loan - N8795 .A79 2016

Fitz Gibbon, Kate , ed., Who Owns the Past? Cultural Policy, Cultural Property and the Law , Rutgers University Press, 2005.

Stacks - AM221 .W48 2005


Green, Peggy.  Criminology and archaeology: studies in looted antiquities. Hart Publishing, 2009.

Stacks - CC135 .C73 2009



The looting of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad: the lost legacy of ancient Mesopotamia.


Stacks - DS79.76 .L66 2005


Renfrew, Colin, Loot, legitimacy, and ownership: the ethical crisis in archaeology.  London : Duckworth, 2000

Stacks - CC135 .R46 2000



Watson, Peter, and Cecilia Todeschini , The Medici Conspiracy: The Illicit Journey of Looted Antiquities — From Italy's Tomb Raiders to the World's Greatest Museums , PublicAffairs, 2006

Stacks - CC135 .W39 2006 

also available as an e-book for CUNY users

Nafziger, James  A. R. (ed.) Cultural heritage issues: the legacy of conquest, colonization, and commerce.

Stacks - K3791 .C848 2009  also available as an e-book for CUNY users



Rhodes, Robin Francis. (2007) The acquisition and exhibition of classical antiquities: professional, legal, and ethical perspectives.  Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press

Stacks - CC175 .A28 2007 also available as an ebook for CUNY users.


Hoffman, Barbara T. (2006) Art and cultural heritage: law, policy, and practice. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Stacks - K3791 .A97 2006

E-Books available to John Jay Community

 Contemporary Perspectives on the Detection, Investigation & Prosecution of Art Crime: Australasian, European & North American Perspectives Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2014] Stacks - K5219 .C66 2014

Grantham, D. (2016) Shutting Down ISIS' Antiquities Trade National Center for Policy Analysis Issue Brief 185.

Chappel, Duncan Crime in the art and antiquities world: illegal trafficking in cultural property. Springer 2011 Available as an e-book to CUNY users.

Francioni, Francesco. Cultural human rights. Leiden ; Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers ebook link for CUNY users

 Ramcharan, B. G.(2005) Judicial protection of economic, social and cultural rights: cases and materials.  Leiden ; Boston : M. Nijhoff Publishers, ebook link for CUNY users

 Posey, Darrell Addison (1996) Beyond intellectual property: toward traditional resource rights for indigenous peoples and local communities. Ottawa : International Development Research Centre. ebook link for CUNY users

 Taberner, Aimée L. (2012) Cultural property acquisitions: navigating the shifting landscape. Walnut Creek, Calif.: Left Coast Press. ebook link for CUNY users.

Louise Grove and Suzie Thomas (2014) Heritage Crime: Progress, Prospects & Prevention Palgrave.