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Christos Tsirogiannis is former Research Assistant for the Scottish Centre for Criminal Justice Research at the University of Glasgow and member of the Trafficking Culture team.

Dr Tsirogiannis, a Greek forensic archaeologist, studied archaeology and history of art in the University of Athens. He worked for the Greek Ministries of Culture and Justice from 1994 to 2008, excavating throughout Greece and recording antiquities in private hands. He voluntarily cooperated with the Greek police Art Squad on a daily basis (August 2004 – December 2008). He was a member of the Greek Task Force Team that repatriated looted, smuggled and stolen antiquities from the Getty Museum, the Shelby White/Leon Levy collection, the Jean-David Cahn AG galleries, and others. 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. In 2013 he won the annual Award for Art Protection and Security from the Association for Research into Crimes against Art.

Christos received his PhD in 2013 from the University of Cambridge, on the international illicit antiquities network viewed through the Robin Symes–Christos Michaelides archive. He has a regular column, “Nekyia”, in The Journal of Art Crime and has published various cases of previously undetected illicit antiquities.


Tsirogiannis, C. (2014), ‘A South Italian Bell-Krater by Python in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’, The Journal of Art Crime 11: 63-68.
Tsirogiannis, C. (2013), ‘A Marble Statue of a Boy at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’, The Journal of Art Crime 9: 55-60.
Tsirogiannis, C. (2013), ‘From Apulia to Virginia: An Apulian Gnathia Askos at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’, The Journal of Art Crime 10: 81-86.
Tsirogiannis, C. (2012), ‘Do Not Come Back’, I would like to voice this memory…(in Greek), Gedenkschrift for Yiannis Sakellarakis. Vikelaia Library, Herakleion: 258-261.
Gill, D. W.J., and Tsirogiannis, C. (2011), ‘Polaroids from the Medici Dossier: continued sightings on the market’, Journal of Art Crime (5): 27-33.



Aarhus University

Research Themes

Crimes of the Powerful: organised, white collar and state crime


‘A Fracture in Time’: a cup attributed to the Euaion painter from the Bothmer Collection

Abstract: In February 2013 Christos Tsirogiannis linked a fragmentary Athenian red-figured cup from the collection formed by Dietrich von Bothmer, […]

14th January 2009

The International Market in Illicit Antiquities

Simon Mackenzie has conducted two empirical research projects into looted antiquities to date.  The first was a study of the […]

10th December 2015

Auction house Christie’s withdraws antiquities after identification by Trafficking Culture expert

14th September 2015

Trafficking Culture: What’s It To Me? seminar series begins

2nd September 2015

Trafficking Culture team present at European archaeology conference