Events & Culture
Stolen antiquities: Investigating known unknowns in the international market
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Forensic archaeological research on these archives has offered for the first time concrete evidence of the existence and operation of an international trafficking network. Starting from the historical background, this talk will proceed to examine selected cases of illicit antiquities, presenting step by step all the relevant photographic and other evidence. Dr Tsirogiannis will conclude by outlining the state of the field today, noting possibilities for further research, and offering a sense of what is to be expected in future from museums, auction houses, dealers’ galleries and private collectors.
Dr Christos Tsirogiannis is a forensic archaeologist specializing in the research of international trafficking networks of antiquities. He has a BA in Archaeology and History of Art from the University of Athens. Before coming to the UK for his PhD at the University of Cambridge, he worked as an archaeologist in Greece, and volunteered for four years with the Greek police art squad. He gained a postdoctoral position with the ERC-funded project, ‘Trafficking Culture’, at the University of Glasgow, and then became a Senior Field Archaeologist at the University of Cambridge Archaeological Unit. Tsirogiannis has taught university students and/or museum and law enforcement professionals in the UK, Greece, France, Italy, US, Chile and Cyprus. He has published in several academic journals, and many of the 1586 antiquities he has so far identified as illicit have been repatriated to Italy, Greece, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and Cyprus. Tsirogiannis is currently an Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, at the University of Aarhus in Denmark.
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Organised by The Anglo-Hellenic League