Hi! I’m Sam Hardy (samarkeolog).
Conflict antiquities are ancient artefacts that are looted, smuggled and/or sold to fund military or paramilitary activity. On top of the immediate violence, this plunder has a devastating impact on communities’ self-understanding, development and peace.
Here, I explore the trade in illicit antiquities, and the destruction of community and cultural property, during economic crises, by organised crime and through political violence. I focus on investigating, analysing and reviewing information; however, I am trying to find a way to curate and report news on current crimes against art and cultural property.
I also cover other uses/treatments of cultural property (from appropriation to vandalism); and the social, economic and political context (for example, state censorship). My primary research area is Cyprus, Greece and Turkey; but I look at art crime and conflict outside the Eastern Mediterranean too.
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I’m an archaeologist by training. But I’ve done cultural heritage work, documenting site biographies; ethnographic research, conducting interviews and oral histories to explore nationalist violence and historiographies; criminological investigation into cultural property violations; data analysis of community participation in cultural property crime; English teaching, proofreading, copy-editing; office work, shop work, bar work; concert venue technical assistance…
(In order of first professional stay) I’ve lived, studied and/or worked in Britain, Greece, (all too briefly) Kosovo, Cyprus, Turkey and the Netherlands. I can speak Greek and Turkish (with a village accent).
I am (very) actively looking for work, ideally research, communication, data analysis or data processing. If you need something doing, or if your institution/country might support someone doing something, I am available.
I moderate comments, to block spam and bigotry. Because I shift between unemployment and precarity, I do not always have regular internet access; but I will reply to e-mails and tweets (and approve and reply to comments) as soon as possible.