The staff of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut carries out research in the area of archaeology and in related fields which includes domestic, but especially international excavations, expeditions, and other projects.
Research results are presented in numerous publications (to date more than 60 volumes per year). The Institute maintains libraries and photo archives which are at the disposal of international scholars.
It maintains relations with international scholars, including numerous important specialists from associated fields who are regular and corresponding members, and also promotes the next generation of scholars. Furthermore, it organizes congresses, colloquia and tours, and informs the public through the media about its work.