The Illicit Antiquities Research Centre (IARC) was established in May 1996, under the then directorship of Professor Colin Renfrew, at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, England. It commenced operations in October 1997. We regret to announce that we will be closing at the end of September 2007.
The purpose of the IARC is to monitor and report upon the damage caused to cultural heritage by the international trade in illicit antiquities (ie. antiquities which have been stolen or clandestinely excavated and/or illegally exported).
The enormous increase in the volume of this trade over the past twenty years has caused the large-scale plundering of archaeological sites and museums around the world.
At the IARC, we raise public awareness of the problems cause by this trade and seek appropriate national and international legislation, codes of conduct and other conventions to place restraint upon it.
As part of a university department we:
We regret that we cannot offer work experience placements or internships at the IARC.
We regret that, due to our imminent closure we will no longer be able to to help individuals or organisations into research into the trade in illicit antiquities or arrange access to our library and news cuttings collection, which is currently being packed.
Students who wish to embark on postgraduate research must do so through the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge.
If you would like to help us in our work then please send us news and photographs about illicit trade issues.
Last updated June 2007