The Athens Department of the Deutsches Archäogisches Institut was established after a vote on May 17, 1872 by the German Reichstag and officially opened in Athens on December 9, 1874. Since 1888, it has been accommodated in a building commissioned by Heinrich Schliemann and built in a late classical style based on plans by Ernst Ziller and Wilhelm Dörpfeld. In 1899 the German government acquired the house from Schliemann's heirs. To the present day, the two directors have been able to accommodate the growing need for space required by the department thanks to several additions and renovations as well as through the total relinquishment of the original service quarters.
The department has at its disposal an extensive library of some 80,000 volumes encompassing all areas of the study of archaeology (its strongest area is the archaeology of Greece from the Bronze Age to the Late Antique). Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 - 20:00, Saturday 9:00 - 13:30 (no loans; photocopying not allowed).
The photo collection was established soon after the institute was founded and since then it has been systematically developed (140,000 photographs from the original negatives, 60,000 of them from older glass negatives and 50,000 photos without negatives).
Use of the library and photo collection is available free of charge to international scholars.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 - 15:00
Additionally, general archives exist on the history of the department (including correspondence between distinguished scholars) as well as special archives on individual excavation sites (accessible after registration)
The department publishes an annual journal »Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäogischen Instituts, Athenische Abteilung« in addition to irregular »supplements« to these journals and monographs. The first director (prof.Dr.Dr.h.c. W.-D. Niemeier) acts as editor and determines the selection of manuscripts. Submitted work must be in accordance with the editorial guidelines of the Institute.
The Athens Department is assisting the research in Kleonai, conducted by PD Dr. T. Mattern (Marburg) and the LZ' Ephorate (Dr. K. Kissas).