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Neil Brodie is a former Senior Research Fellow at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, investigating the international traffic in cultural objects.

Neil is an archaeologist by training, and has held positions at the British School at Athens, the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, where he was Research Director of the Illicit Antiquities Research Centre, and Stanford University’s Archaeology Center. He was co-author (with Jennifer Doole and Peter Watson) of the report Stealing History, commissioned by the Museums Association and ICOM-UK to advise upon the illicit trade in cultural material.

He also co-edited Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, and the Antiquities Trade (with Morag M. Kersel, Christina Luke and Kathryn Walker Tubb, 2006) Illicit Antiquities: The Theft of Culture and the Extinction of Archaeology (with Kathryn Walker Tubb, 2002) and Trade in Illicit Antiquities: The Destruction of the World’s Archaeological Heritage (with Jennifer Doole and Colin Renfrew, 2001). He has worked on archaeological projects in the United Kingdom, Greece and Jordan, and continues to work in Greece.



University of Oxford

Research Themes

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


The Internet Market in Antiquities


Trafficking in Cultural Objects: an Empirical Overview

This paper reviews a selection of the main empirical studies in the field of the international illicit trade in cultural […]


The Social and Political Consequences of Devotion to Biblical Artifacts


The Economics of the Looted Archaeological Site of Bab edh-Dhra: a View from Google Earth


Uncovering the Antiquities Market


Academic Involvement in the Market in Iraqi Antiquities

In the wake of the 1991 Gulf War, the large-scale looting of archaeological sites in Iraq started, and worsened around […]


Congenial Bedfellows? The academy and the antiquities trade

The illicit trade in antiquities and other cultural objects is socially harmful in several respects. Private collectors and museums are […]

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 […]

17th December 2015

SCCJR researchers contribute to free book on the trafficking of cultural goods

2nd September 2015

Trafficking Culture team present at European archaeology conference