With this research facility, the DAI (German Archaeological Institute), which has been carrying out smaller and larger projects in Portugal since 1964, maintains in future a presence in the country. The Institute's Madrid department has held a branch office in Lisbon in the past, precisely between 1971 and 1999. When it was closed in 1999, the library was given on permanent loan to the IGESPAR (Portuguese Agency for the Preservation of Architecture and Archaeological Monuments), now the DGPC (Direcção Geral de Património Cultural).
On 20 May 2009 Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke, president of the DAI, Dr. Elisio Summavielle, director of the IGESPAR and Dr Frank Rückert, representative of the German Embassy in Lisbon signed a memorandum for the establishment of a DAI research facility in Lisbon.
In return, once a year the Institute offers archaeologists who are researching Portugal-related topics one of its research scholarships (see below). The research facility is aimed at providing the Institute's researchers working in Portugal with a base.
In light of the large number of projects that the Institute has running in Portugal, it is not difficult to understand why the decision to open this research facility was made: Zambujal, Sizandro-Alcabrichel, São Miguel da Motta, Centum Celas, Cabeço das Fráguas, sanctuaries from the Roman era in the west of the Iberian Peninsula. Furthermore, the DAI organises archaeological seminars and exhibitions. Portuguese PhD candidates also work on research topics in DAI projects.
The library of the former Madrid department's Lisbon office, which was closed in 1999, was reopened as the DGPC library in a ceremony held on 29 April 2010. The library is now located in the Palácio Nacional de Ajuda. The library's collection, which holds 55,000 publications, focuses on archaeology in the Iberian Peninsula, in particular in Portugal. The library is of free access.
Monday to Friday, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Closed from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the months between 1 July and 15 September.
Holders of guest researcher scholarships are offered the opportunity to visit a DAI department in Portugal or abroad to conduct research. Applications are open to anybody who holds a suitable university degree and is carrying out archaeological research in Portugal. Guest researcher scholarships can be awarded for research topics from the following areas: pre-history and early history, classic archaeology, early Christian archaeology, Islamic archaeology and ancient history. Visiting researchers may stay and conduct research for one month. The visit will take place in the following year. In exceptional cases, the research visit may be extended to two months.
For more detailed information on scholarship applications, see the following pdf file (German/Portuguese).