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Talk: Wednesday 19 October 2016, 7.30 pm, at the Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College.

The international illicit antiquities network: dealers, auction houses, private collectors and museums by Christos Tsirogiannis

Doors open 7.15 pm; meeting begins 7.30 pm

The talk will present the main members of the trafficking network dealing in looted and smuggled antiquities, contra the 1970 UNESCO convention and will highlight connections between dealers, auction houses, private collectors and museums. Christos will also make use of photographic evidence from confiscated archives of illicit antiquities dealers why antiquities should be repatriated and dealers and museum curators be prosecuted.

Christos Tsirogiannis is a forensic archaeologist researching smuggled antiquities and the market for looted cultural objects. He is a Senior Archaeologist at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit. He studied archaeology and history of art in Greece and worked for the Greek Ministries of Culture and Justice from 1994 to 2008, excavating throughout Greece and recording antiquities in private hands. He was a member of the Greek Task Force Team that repatriated looted, smuggled and stolen antiquities from the Getty Museum and other collections. Since 2007, Christos has been identifying illicit antiquities, depicted in the confiscated Medici, Becchina and Symes-Michaelides archives, in museums, galleries, auction houses and private collections,  notifying the relevant government authorities.

Our speaker meetings are open to everyone. Admission: Members £2; Non-members £3.

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