Stolen relief from a London collection, identified by the British Museum in 2014 as coming from a building of Thutmose IV in Karnak, now repatriated to Egypt. © Marcel Marée

Circulating Artefacts (CircArt)

Circulating Artefacts (CircArt) was launched in April 2018 to assist in the fight against the widespread global trade in illegally sourced antiquities, with special focus on those from Egypt and Sudan.

Project partners included cultural organisations and universities in Egypt and Sudan, and law enforcement agencies, with the support of auction houses and dealers. CircArt was funded by the British Council's Cultural Protection Fund, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The project was completed in February 2021.

CircArt created a digital research system for the communication, documentation and study of objects in the antiquities trade. While developing the system, CircArt researched more than 50,000 objects advertised on the open market and on social media. At least 15% of this material appears to be traceable to unauthorised excavations that happened after the source countries banned the trade and export of cultural property. In addition, CircArt identified more than 1,200 images and videos of freshly excavated and potentially trafficked objects posted online. The objects include tomb and temple reliefs, statues, votive figurines, shabtis and hundreds of coffin and cartonnage fragments.

CircArt also conducted a programme of skills and resource sharing aimed at key parties in local communities, so that more heritage at risk is protected, detected and recovered. Training sessions and workshops for heritage professionals, students, teachers and relevant authorities were delivered in London, Cairo and Khartoum, promoting a deeper understanding of the causes of illicit trade and how to counteract them.

To enable a wider transmission of skills and expertise, CircArt developed an e-Learning course on counteracting the looting and trafficking of cultural property. The e-Learning course remains accessible in English and Arabic.

e-Learning course

The e-Learning platform comprises a training course, assessment and an associated resource repository. It's designed to assist heritage professionals and law enforcement agencies in counteracting the looting and trafficking of cultural property, with primary focus on artefacts from Egypt and Sudan.

The e-Learning course is made up of eight sections and runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Users can pause and resume the course at their leisure.

If you wish to apply for registration, please contact and specify whether you would like to access the English or Arabic version.

Once you've been given your login details, you can access the e-Learning platform via the sign in page on

An Arabic translation of this e-Learning course information can be found below.

دورة تدريبية إلكترونية

دورة تدريبية إلكترونية

طورت CircArt منصة للتعليم الإلكتروني تتضمن دورة تدريبية، وتقييمًا للمعلومات، ومخزونًا للموارد ذات الصلة، وقد صُممت المنصة لمساعدة العاملين في مجال التراث ووكالات إنفاذ القانون في التصدي لنهب الممتلكات الثقافية والاتجار بها. تركز المنصة حاليًا على اللقى من مصر والسودان، لكن أغلب محتواها أوسع من ذلك بكثير.

تتألف الدورة التدريبية الإلكترونية من 8 أقسام، وتستمر لمدة ساعة واحدة و45 دقيقة، ويمكن للمستخدمين أن يوقفوا الدورة التدريبية ويعودوا لاستكمالها حسب الوقت المناسب لهم.

إذا رغبت في التقدم بطلب للتسجيل فيها، الرجاء مراسلتنا على العنوان التالي: مع تحديد ما إذا كنت تريد الاشتراك في النسخة الإنجليزية أو العربية من الدورة التدريبية.

ما أن تصلك بيانات اعتماد تسجيل الدخول، يصبح بإمكانك الدخول إلى منصة التعليم الإلكتروني من خلال