Experts note that fakes and looted artifacts have been a problem on the internet for a long time. However, there has been a sharp increase in the availability of these objects due to the increased popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, eBay, Amazon, and WhatsApp. These platforms have made it easier for looters and traffickers to directly contact potential buyers—cutting out the middlemen.
In the Antiquities Coalition’s latest policy brief, Dr. Neil Brodie takes on the “out-of-control” internet antiquities market. The AC dug into the online art market with expert Colette Loll.
In this latest policy brief, Dr. Neil Brodie examines how best to protect businesses and consumers from the skyrocketing internet market, which he warns “presents a clear and present danger to the survival of the world’s cultural heritage.”
Policy Brief No. 3 July 2017 By Neil Brodie Illicit antiquities, some pilfered from war zones where jihadist groups operate, are increasingly finding their way online where they are being snapped up by unknowing buyers and further driving the rampant plunder of archaeological sites. These internet sales are spurring a vicious cycle:
How Can We Fund the Fight Against Antiquities Looting and Trafficking? A “Pollution” Tax on the Antiquities Tradeadmin 2017-12-03T13:59:05+00:00
Policy Brief No. 2 December 2016 Lawrence Rothfield Almost every nation has laws against looting, smuggling, and trafficking in antiquities, supplemented by international bans and bilateral interdictions. Yet the playing field remains badly tilted against the site guards, customs officials, antiquities police, and prosecutors charged with enforcing these laws, in large
Policy Brief No. 2: How Can We Fund the Fight Against Antiquities Looting and Trafficking? A “Pollution” Tax on the Antiquities Tradeadmin 2017-12-03T13:59:05+00:00
The latest release is by Dr. Lawrence Rothfield, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. In the paper, Rothfield argues for levying a “pollution” tax on the legitimate antiquities trade, in order to establish an antiquities-protection “Superfund.”
How to End Impunity for Antiquities Traffickers: Assemble a Cultural Heritage Crimes Prosecution Teamadmin 2017-12-03T13:59:05+00:00
Policy Brief No. 1 November 2016 By Ricardo "Rick" St. Hilaire In just the last decade, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recovered and returned more than 7,500 illicit artifacts to thirty countries, as part of its fight against the global traffic in cultural heritage. Restituting this stolen property has
Antiquities Coalition Launches New Think Tank Promoting Innovative Solutions to Combat Cultural Racketeeringadmin 2017-12-03T13:59:05+00:00
The Antiquities Coalition today launched a Cultural Heritage Think Tank to explore innovative solutions to pressing challenges in cultural heritage, publishing the first in a new series of policy briefs by distinguished specialists from the public and private sectors.