Updated:03/27/2020 01: 42h
The British Museum has launched a worldwide platform to combat looting and illegal trade in works of art. The project, dubbed Circulating Artefacts (CircArt), is a collaborative initiative against the illicit trade in antiquities on a global scale, which currently focuses on ancient objects from Egypt and Sudan.
To achieve its objective, CircArt combines the information of a restricted parts database or that may be the object of illegal traffic with an online public service. Users who register on this platform will be able to bring objects to the attention of specialists so that they can assess whether they could have been illegally excavated or commercialized.
Until now, more than 4,700 objects whose origin is not clear have been identified, reason why many of them are being investigated by the authorities. The director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, stated that the entity “is fully committed to combating the growing levels of trade in illicit material worldwide” and that the platform CircArt “It is an important step in this fight.”
“CircArt enables those who want to make a difference in a positive way (museums, government agencies, auction houses, collectors, sellers, and the general public) to share information and experience to help end the Theft and illegal trade in old objects“Fischer noted.
The British Museum, one of the most important public museums in the world that houses more than eight million pieces from all corners of the planet, is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.