Keynote Speech Invitation at the ICOM Palmyra-Talk, ICOM General Conference

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference


Presented Lecture: “Circulating Artefacts: An online platform against the looting and sale of illicit antiquities”.

The ICOM Palmyra Talks are a series of events organized by ICOM Austria to raise public awareness on the importance of protecting archaeological sites, fighting against illicit trafficking and trading of cultural objects to save our common heritage. The special ICOM Palmyra Talk on the occasion of the ICOM General Conference in Kyoto presents a groundbreaking new online-platform initiated by the British Museum to detect and recover looted artefacts.

The “Circulating Artefacts Project” is a key initiative of the British Museum against the looting and trafficking of illicit antiquities. Heritage professionals, collectors, art dealers, law enforcement agencies and anyone else can have antiquities appraised for possible signs of illicit provenance, enabling the detection and recovery of countless looted artefacts that would otherwise go unnoticed. Within a year of the project’s inception, over 60.000 illicit antiquities have been identified.
Period4 Sept 2019
Event typeConference
LocationKyoto, JapanShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Archaeology
  • Archaeological Science
  • Egypt
  • Egyptology
  • Egyptian archaeology
  • digital humanities
  • illicit traffic
  • Art Market
  • Art history