The signing of a cooperation agreement between the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage of the People's Republic of China and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) on November 13, 2009, laid the groundwork for the branch office of the DAI in Beijing.
With this foundation the DAI follows its aim to deepen and expand its years-long cooperative work with Chinese archaeologists. It should advance the study of ancient cultures and the history of China by scholars from both countries.
The new series Archäologie in China (Archaeology in China) is devoted to the promulgation of knowledge about Chinese archaeology and written in both the German and English languages. It presents the current and new results in research, including recent archaeological discoveries together with supra-regional comparisons of individual finds and cultures as well as scientific analyses and reconstructions of landscapes and climate. Several programs should promote the education of young Chinese archaeologists in the field of geodetical techniques, documentation and conservation of finds.
Research projects are conducted together with Chinese partner institutions. They involve various topics concerning the settlement history of northern China from Palaeolithic to Medieval times, with special reference to change in landscapes and climate. These research projects should support scientific analyses of archaeological finds and the preservation of cultural monuments in China. The Branch office hosts a series of bilingual lectures entitled "Bridging Eurasia” in the Chinese and German or English languages, which are meant to introduce and explore various aspects of European archaeology.
1st lecture June 16, 2009: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Wulf-Rheidt, Architektur der Macht - Wie lebten die Römischen Kaiser? (The architecture of power - how did the Roman emperors live?) 权力的建筑--古罗马皇帝如何居住？