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AIAS Seminar: Christos Tsirogiannis

Antiquities Trafficking Networks: Traditional Approaches and a New Research Method

2020.07.07 | AIAS

Date Mon 05 Oct
Time 14:15 15:30
Location The AIAS Auditorium

HYBRID format: Due to COVID-19 there is a limited number of participants allowed in the auditorium to comply with physical distancing regulations. Please sign up in advance by email to info@aias.au.dk.

The talk is also streamed via Zoom. Join URL: https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/66172645445 to attend virtually. As the talk is hybrid, both given 'live' in the auditorium and virtually via Zoom, the discussion session following the talk may have limited sound for the virtual participants. 

Speaker: Christos Tsirogiannis, AIAS Fellow and Associate Professor.


In this seminar, I will first summarize developments in Forensic Archaeology related to antiquities trafficking over the last 25 years. Next, based on case–studies and relevant photographic and other evidence, I will demonstrate the different approaches taken by various stakeholders, their results and subsequent problems arising from museums, private collectors, auction houses, dealers’ galleries and even law authorities. Finally, I will present a new method of identifying ‘toxic’ antiquities (the focus of my research in AIAS).

Short bio

Christos Tsirogiannis is a forensic archaeologist researching international illicit antiquities trafficking networks through the identification of illicit antiquities in auction houses, dealers’ galleries, museums and private collections. He worked for the Greek Ministries of Culture and Justice and for the Greek police Art Squad, before joining Greece’s repatriation taskforce. After his Cambridge PhD, he developed more interdisciplinary methods at the ERC-funded Trafficking Culture project (University of Glasgow). His articles delve into duplicitous practices in the art market, museum ethics, forgeries, and government policy in cultural heritage protection. 

See Christos Tsirogiannis' project at AIAS

What is an AIAS Seminar?

The AIAS Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English.