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Orient Department

German Archaeological Institute
Orient Department
Podbielskiallee 69-71
14195 Berlin Berlin

The Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute was founded in 1996. It has its central office in Berlin and maintains outposts in Baghdad, Damascus and Sana'a. It works closely with local institutions in host countries, benefiting political and cultural relations in the process.
The scientific undertakings of the Department concentrate on the region of the Near East south of Turkey and west of Iran. They include archaeological surveys and excavations, often in cooperation with geo-archaeological research institutes. The chronological spectrum of its projects stretches from prehistoric to Islamic times. Its main foci are the investigation of early civilizations and Greek and Roman Antiquities within its domain.

Library

The library holds ca. 24,000 volumes, 101 journals, focus: Near Eastern archaeology, Assyriology, Islamic and Arabic Studies. It is a chained library with a limited usership.

Photo Archive

Ca. 20,000 B/W prints and slides. The focus is on the photographic documentation of a number of excavation projects. Excavation documentation is kept in the archives of the Orient Department, along with the bequests of a number of important academics in the fields of Near Eastern Antiquities and Islamic Art History.

Publications

The Orient Department oversees the publication of several publications that are produced partially in Berlin and partially in the Damascus and Sanaa. Baghdader Mitteilungen and Damaszener Mitteilungen appear yearly. Other serial publications in the fields of Mesopotamia - Baghdader Forschungen -, the northern Levant - Damaszener Forschungen - , southern Arabia - Archäogische Berichte aus dem Yemen - and the general work of the Orient Department - Orient-Archäologie - appear irregularly. Epigraphische Forschungen auf der arabischen Halbinsel form an own series and Ausgrabungen in Uruk-Warka, Endberichte will be published as a further series.

Further Information

Jordan
The German Archaeological Institute has been active in Jordan since 1987. Research has been carried out since then in close cooperation with the German Evangelical Institute for the Study of Antiquities in the Holy Land. Since 1998 and 1999, fieldwork has also been done in conjunction with the University of Jordan in Amman and Yarmouk University in Irbid. Besides its field research, the Orient Department is also involved in various scientific events in Jordan which are organised together with local institutions.

Lebanon
The Orient Department has been involved in Projects in Lebanon since 1997. These projects are managed from Berlin, as there is no local branch. Cultural connections to the eastern parts of the Fertile Crescent (northern Syria, Iraq) and the role of Phoenician ports as intermediaries between the cultures of the Near East and 'Antiquity' are the principal themes for archaeological research. The results of projects in Lebanon are published in the 'Orient-Archäologie' series.

Oman
Die Orient-Abteilung des Deutschen Archäogischen Instituts führt verschiedene archäogische Untersuchungen im Sultanat Oman durch und fördert die Publikation von Forschungsergebnissen in ihren Reihen Orient-Archäologie und ihrer Zeitschrift Baghdader Mitteilungen. Vorträge von internationalen Wissenschaftlern im Orienthaus des DAI zu Archäologie und Ethnologie des Sultanats Oman geben der Öfentlichkeit die Möglichkeit, sich über die Situation im Land und den Forschungsstand zu informieren.

Türkei
Die seit 1995 von der Abteilung Istanbul und dem Museum Sanliurfa unternommenen Ausgrabungen am Gürcütepe und am Göbekli Tepe werden seit 2001 in Zusammenarbeit mit der Orient-Abteilung durchgeführt. Der am östlichen Stadtrand von Urfa gelegene Gürcütepe verkörpert den Typ einer spät-frühneolithischen Talsiedlung, wie sie im oberen und mittleren Euphratraum häufig anzutreffen ist. Das 15km im Nordosten der Stadt gelegene Bergheiligtum des Göbekli Tepe bildet hier einen auffälligen Gegensatz. Hier scheinen Standortfaktoren wie Ackerland und Wasser bedeutungslos, die landschaftsbeherrschende Lage und die monumentalen Bauanlagen weisen zusammen mit vielen anderen Beobachtungen auf eine hervorgehobene Stellung dieses Platzes. .

Music Archaeology
Since 1998 the Orient Department is collaborating with the International Study Group on Music Archaeology. The Orient Department organises international congresses, interdisciplinary colloquia and smaller working fora at regular intervals, both in Berlin and at the Damascus and Sana'a outposts.

Further Information

Telephone:

++49-(0) 30 18-7711-0

Fax:
++49-(0) 30 18-7711-189
E-Mail:
E-Mail (Administration):

Calendar

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  • 09/09/2014 - 14/09/2014

    From a dusty dig to the dusty shelves

    more information

  • 09/09/2014 - 12/09/2014

    9th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology

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    From a dusty dig to the dusty shelves

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  • 09/09/2014 - 12/09/2014

    9th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology

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  • 09/09/2014 - 14/09/2014

    From a dusty dig to the dusty shelves

    more information

  • 09/09/2014 - 12/09/2014

    9th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology

    more information

 
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  • 09/09/2014 - 14/09/2014

    From a dusty dig to the dusty shelves

    more information

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    9th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology

    more information

 
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    From a dusty dig to the dusty shelves

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Recent projects

  • 22.11.2011

    Serbien, spätantiker Kaiserpalast more

  • 15.09.2011

    Rom, Kaiserpalast more

  • 07.08.2011

    Die Kaiserpaläste auf dem Palatin in Rom more

Completed projects

  • 31.05.2011

    Griechenland, Palairos more

  • 31.05.2011

    Griechenland, Plaghia-Halbinsel-Survey more

  • 31.05.2011

    Greece, Stratos more

Recent publications

  • 26.09.2011

    Wohnen in der klassischen Polis more

  • 25.09.2011

    Diskussionen zur Archäologischen Bauforschung more

  • 25.09.2011

    Peter Behrens, Theodor Wiegand und die Villa in Dahlem more

Contact

The German Archaeological Institute (DAI) is a »scientific corporation« of the Federal Institution under the auspices of the Foreign Office. The staff of the Institute carries out research in the area of archaeology and in related fields and maintains relations with international scholars.
Furthermore, it organizes congresses, colloquia and tours, and informs the public through the media about its work.  

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