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Using databases to combat trafficking

How have criminological experts been using technology to deter looting? Several police organisations have integrated digital technology and digitisation into their investigative process to recover stolen and missing art and …

Concluding thoughts: Research

What is the importance of research when tackling antiquities trafficking and art crime? Donna Yates discusses how research is vital to the prevention of antiquities trafficking and art crime, and …

Parthenon Marbles: the case for return

In this step we will consider some of the arguments made by people who believe the sculptures should be returned to Greece. Pay close attention to these arguments as you …

Elgin Marbles: the case for keeping

In this step we will consider some of the arguments made by people who believe the marbles should stay in the United Kingdom. Pay close attention to these arguments as …

Elgin Marbles or Parthenon Sculptures?

From 1801 until 1812 Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, removed many remaining sculptures from the Parthenon in Athens, starting one of the longest cultural property disputes in history. …

Return

It isn’t always easy to give art back. During the final activity of this week we are going to take a close look at the intense debate surrounding the return …

Recovery

During the Third Reich, the government’s seizure of Jewish art collections was a systematic and devastating facet of the horrific genocide. Dr Donna Yates explores the recovery of this stolen …

Repatriation

How can repatriation heal the wounds of past colonialist injustice and oppression? How can it contribute to cultural survival and revival? Dr Donna Yates explores the importance of repatriation in …

Q&A Video: Repatriation, Recovery, Return

During the first run of this course in January 2016, Donna held a live online session to answer questions about the topic of Antiquities Trafficking. The video of this chat …

Repatriation, Recovery, Return

The terms repatriation, recovery, and return are often used interchangeably, but should they be? Dr Donna Yates introduces Week 3 and defines how we’ll be using these terms this week.

Art vandalism

Who vandalises art and why? Can art vandalism ever constitute a form of art itself? Dr Donna Yates explores the motivations and justifications behind certain cases of art vandalism and …