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Restitution of artefacts from New Zealand

There are noticable gaps in the legal protection offered to Maori cultural property as it is currently managed under domestic and international laws. With cultural items having been spirited-away en …

From the black market to the open market

The paths that stolen antiquities follow as they’re smuggled are difficult to trace. What steps do looted antiquities go through in order to get from their origin to collections? And …

Who are antiquities looters?

What is ‘Subsistence Looting’? From the Trafficking Culture Encyclopedia The term ‘subsistence digger’ or ‘subsistence looter’ is used to refer to an individual who engages in the illicit excavation of …

The importance of context

What is archaeological context, and why can’t looted objects speak for themselves? Dr Donna Yates explains why context matters in understanding the past, what we lose without it, and why …

History of the Ancient Maya Buenavista Vase

When an artefact is looted, its archaeological context is lost. An audio recording of this article is available here or at the bottom of the page. Without knowing exactly where …

Q&A Video: Antiquities Trafficking

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 …

Antiquities trafficking

What are antiquities and why do we value them? If looting has been around for centuries, what’s so new and important about looting today? Watch Dr Donna Yates discuss the …

The G’psgolox Totem Pole: Case Study

A case study of heritage theft and cultural survival. In 1872, the leader of the Eagle Clan of the Haisla, Chief G’psgolox, set off into the woods in a state …
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