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Temple looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a statue trafficking network

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posted on 18.09.2020 by Simon Mackenzie, T Davis
Qualitative empirical studies of the illicit antiquities trade have tended to focus either on the supply end, through interviews with looters, or on the demand end, through interviews with dealers, museums and collectors. Trafficking of artefacts across borders from source to market has until now been something of an evidential black hole. Here, we present the first empirical study of a statue trafficking network, using oral history interviews conducted during ethnographic criminology fieldwork in Cambodia and Thailand. The data begin to answer many of the pressing but unresolved questions in academic studies of this particular criminal market, such as whether organized crime is involved in antiquities looting and trafficking (yes), whether the traffic in looted artefacts overlaps with the insertion of fakes into the market (yes) and how many stages there are between looting at source and the placing of objects for public sale in internationally respected venues (surprisingly few). © The Author 2014.

Funding

Global traffic in illicit cultural objects: developing knowledge for improving interventions in a transnational criminal market | Funder: European Research Council | Grant ID: 283873

History

Preferred citation

Mackenzie, S. & Davis, T. (2014). Temple looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a statue trafficking network. British Journal of Criminology, 54(5), 722-740. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azu038

Journal title

British Journal of Criminology

Volume

54

Issue

5

Publication date

01/01/2014

Pagination

722-740

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

Online publication date

13/06/2014

ISSN

0007-0955

eISSN

1464-3529

Language

en

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