Robert Vigar

M.A. Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, University College London 2014, B.A. Egyptian Archaeology, University College London 2011

I am an archaeologist whose primary research interests lie in understanding the social, economic and historical perspectives of the trade in illicit antiquities from the Middle East, as well as the trade’s use as a financing tool for conflict in the region. My concernment with these issues has grown over the past few years whilst simultaneously working at the UK government’s Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism and completing my Masters degree. Further, I hope to investigate questions surrounding the facilitation networks that perpetuate the trade in illicit antiquities, the dislocation of populations from their own history and how local investment in heritage can strengthen communities against extremist ideologies.

Research Interests:

Cultural heritage; illicit antiquities; counter-terrorist finance; archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa; Arabic; indigenous archaeologies; heritage and identity; conflict archaeologies; heritage and localism