German Archaeological Institute
The German Archaeological Institute is an institution of research within the field of archaeology
Archaeology, or archeology , is the study of human society, primarily through the recovery and analysis of the material culture and environmental data that they have left behind, which includes artifacts, architecture, biofacts and cultural landscapes...

 (and related fields), and a "scientific corporation", with parentage of the federal Foreign Office of Germany


Eduard Gerhard was the initiator of the institute,according to the homepage of DAI. At the occasion of his leaving Rome, the headquarters of the then Instituto di corrispondenza archeologica, established within Berlin in 1832, from the institute previously founded by Otto Magnus von Stackelberg
Otto Magnus von Stackelberg (archaeologist)
Count Otto Magnus Baron von Stackelberg was one of the first archaeologists, as well as a writer, painter and art historian.-Early life:...

, Theodor Panofka
Theodor Panofka
Theodor Sigismund Panofka was one of the first scholars to make a systemic study of the pottery of Ancient Greece, and one of the founders of the institution later to become the German Archaeological Institute .-Life:Panofka studied classical philology at Berlin University from 1819...

 and August Kestner
August Kestner
Georg Christian August Kestner was a German diplomat and art collector.-Life:Kestner was the son of civil servant Johann Christian Kestner and his wife Charlotte Buff. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe met and fell in love with Charlotte while she was engaged to Johann...

 in 1829 in Rome.
There are offices in many other cities, currently including Madrid
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, Rome, Istanbul
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, Athens
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, Cairo
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, Damascus
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, Baghdad
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, Tehran
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 and Sana'a
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. Its Romano-Germanic Commission (Römisch-Germanische Kommission), including the world's largest library for prehistoric archaeology, is located in Frankfurt
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, its Commission for the History of Classical Antiquity
Classical antiquity
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 in Munich
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 and its Commission for the Archaeology of Non-European Cultures in Bonn
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Hans-Joachim Gehrke
Hans-Joachim Gehrke
Hans-Joachim Gehrke is a Professor Doctor.During the period if time 1987-2008 he was professor of Ancient History, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, previously having taught at the Universities of Göttingen, Würzburg, and the Freie University, Berlin. From 2008-2011 he was President of the...

 was President of the Institute from March 2008 to April 2011, succeeded by Friederike Fless.

See also

  • German Historical Institute
    German Historical Institute
    German Historical Institute are five independent academic research institutes situated in Rome, London, Washington, D.C., Warsaw and Moscow, dedicated to the study of historical relations between Germany and the host countries in which they are based, along with four other institutions, in Paris,...

  • German Archaeological Institute at Athens
  • Projekt Dyabola
    Projekt Dyabola
    Projekt Dyabola is a software for creating and browsing bibliographic data and image collections, specifically targeted to the humanities community. The program is built and maintained by the Biering & Brinkmann company of Germany, and access to a web version is available through subscription...

  • Arachne (Archaeological Database)
    Arachne (Archaeological Database)
    Arachne is the central object-database of the German Archaeological Institute . In 2004 the DAI and the Cologne Digital Archaeology Laboratory at the University of Cologne joined the effort to support Arachne as a tool for free internet-based research.-Definition:Arachne's database design uses a...


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