The German Archaeological Institute is Germany’s most significant institution in the field of international archaeological research.
On April 21, 1829 the institute was founded under the name “Instituto di corrispondenza archeologica” by a circle of scholars, artists and diplomats in Rome. Today it is a federal agency within the area of responsibility of the Foreign Office. The Head Office is situated in Berlin and it maintains several commissions and departments in Germany and abroad.
While its work focused on the countries of the Mediterranean area and the Near East, today the institute is dedicated to conducting fundamental research around the world with the aim of deepening our understanding of historical cultures.
Approximately 120 scientists conduct research in the fields of archaeology and related disciplines. Great importance is attached to the collaboration with colleagues from other countries; a great many projects take place in cooperation with institutions of the host countries. In addition comprehensive specialised libraries, photo archives and other collections are available to scholars, scientists and students in the various departments and commissions. The advancement of future generations of scholars, in particular, represents a central mission of the institute.
It supports academic exchange and publicises its work by means of conferences, colloquia and guided tours. The research results also appear in numerous publications and the staff members continually report on their work in the media.
More information on the institute’s activities can be found on the website: www.dainst.org