Investigating and Policing Antiquities Trafficking and Forgery in a Digital Age

Two ANEE researchers, Prof. Suzie Thomas and Dr. Rick Bonnie, are involved in a NOS-HS Workshop series that researches cultural heritage trafficking in the Nordic region. The first of three workshops was held in late April at Stockholm University.

Researchers at the University of Helsinki are involved with a workshop series funded by the Nordic Research Councils, titled Changing Hands, Changing Meanings: Researching Cultural Heritage Trafficking in the Nordic Region.

The first of these workshops, focusing on the impact of digitization on both research of the illicit antiquities trade, and also the process of illicit trade itself, took place at Stockholm University and featured an impressive lineup of specialists, researchers and practitioners from the Nordic region, North America and Australia.

Although some of the issues discussed were too sensitive to share over social media, it is possible to capture much of the debate, bother during and since the workshop, by following the #kulturkrim hashtag on Twitter.


The workshop organizers come from Stockholm University, University of Turku, University of Agder and University of Oslo in addition to the University of Helsinki. The next workshops of the series, both scheduled for 2020, will take place at University of Agder in Norway, and the University of Helsinki.

This blogpost first appeared on the Cultural Heritage Studies at the University of Helsinki blog.