Do you need a meticulous fact-checker? Does your news organisation, NGO, think tank or university want to document destruction and expose propaganda? Please, contact me.
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 and analysing crimes against cultural heritage and community 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.
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.
I’ve done archaeological excavation and processing, cultural heritage work, ethnography, oral history, criminological investigation, data processing and analysis, English teaching, proofreading, copy-editing, office work, shop work, bar work, concert venue technical assistance…
I’m keen to contribute to research, communication, data analysis or data processing. If you need something doing, please contact me.
I moderate comments, to block spam and bigotry. 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.