New Methods of Mapping

The Application of Social Network Analysis to the Study of the Illegal Trade in Antiquities
  • Michelle D’Ippolito
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8393)


This study examines the application of a human-agent based network to the illegal trade in antiquities. Specifically, this study tests whether the hierarchical pyramidal structure proposed by law enforcement in the case of Giacomo Medici’s trafficking ring is accurate. The results of the analysis reveal discrepancies in perceptions of how antiquities trafficking networks are organized, how they operate, and how cultural patterns and representation of criminal activity influence the perception of such network structures.


Illegal Antiquities Market Social Network Analysis Network Theory Ucinet Anthropology Economics Criminology Law 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle D’Ippolito
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Maryland College ParkCollege ParkUSA

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