This course deals with the trafficking of antiquities internationally, focusing on the last 50 years, and especially the developments in the illicit trade since 2005, using case studies throughout. We will start with a historical introduction, then we will survey the leading dealers of the international market. The central sessions of the course will consider the roles of auction houses, museums and galleries. Focusing especially on Greece, Italy, the UK and the USA, we will discuss the level of proof needed for a successful claim and repatriation, before we examine various strategies proposed for regulating the market in the future. Lectures will be combined with interactive discussion sessions.
The International Illicit Antiquities Market