Just four years after its founding in 2012, Trafficking Culture is well-known as one of the foremost research initiatives for the study of the illicit trade of antiquities. Established with the support of a four-year grant from the European Research Council (ERC), Neil Brodie (SAFE’s 2008 Beacon Award Winner), Simon Mackenzie, Donna Yates, and Christos Tsirogiannis worked together from their various bases around the world to create an international research consortium. Yesterday, the team announced that, despite the end of the project’s initial ERC grant, the various researchers of Trafficking Culture will continue to work together, maintaining the project’s website, compiling research reports, and releasing publications relevant to the ongoing issue of antiquities looting and trafficking.
To echo a statement made by SAFE at the time of Trafficking Culture’s founding, we would like to once again congratulate all four dedicated researchers of the project on their unwavering dedication to combat the illicit trade of antiquities, and thank them for their years of invaluable work. As we join together in this global struggle to save the past, your commitment is a true inspiration to us all.
In the words of Neil Brodie, long live Trafficking Culture!
photo: The Euphronios (Sarpedon) Krater, a 6th century BCE Greek vessel, often used to visually represent the Trafficking Culture project. / Tim Pendemon
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