Today sees the last day of the Illicit Antiquities Research Centre (IARC) in Cambridge. This has formed part of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research since 1996.
"The purpose of the IARC is to monitor and report upon the damage caused to cultural heritage by the international trade in illicit antiquities (ie. antiquities which have been stolen or clandestinely excavated and/or illegally exported)."
Among the IARC's achievements was the AIA Outstanding Public Service Award in 2006. And its Culture Without Context has kept us informed of the issues.
I would like to thank Neil Brodie and Jenny Doole for all their hard work over the last decade, and to wish them the best of success for the future.