British called upon to stem illicit trade of artefacts

18 Oct 2012 7:34 AM | Anonymous

British called upon to stem illicit trade of artefacts

Head of new research programme says art dealers and collectors must be part of future policy decisions

Looters at a site in Jordan, left, and a Moche tomb in Peru

The head of a new research programme dedicated to combating the illicit trade in cultural objects has made an open call to the art trade and collectors, asking for their co-operation. Simon Mackenzie, the principal investigator for the Trafficking Culture project, says: “The difficulty in our line of research is that it is always more difficult than it should be to achieve high levels of participation from actors in the market, especially dealers and collectors, who are known for valuing their privacy.

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