The Bibliographies of the DAI

You are now able to search through the Archaeological Bibliography free of charge at the website of the DAI.

The DAI compiles some of the most important bibliographies on archaeology:

Archaeological Bibliography

Bibliography of the Archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula

Subject catalogue of the Roman-German Commission

Bibliography of the Archaeology of Eurasia (completed bibliography)

You are now able to search through the Archaeological Bibliography free of charge at the website of the DAI.
Please take a look at our central online catalogue ZENON DAI:!

The Archaeological Bibliography is expanded daily by the departments in Rome, Athens, Istanbul and the head office in Berlin, and it comprises titles collected since 1956 (approx. 400,000 titles).

As a result of the involvement of the Athens and Istanbul departments in compiling the bibliography (since spring 2006), considerably more Greek and Turkish journals and monographs have been described and made available for research, in view of the holdings of those libraries. The Archaeological Bibliography is being expanded additionally in the following areas: prehistory/Anatolia and among the oriental cultures: Hittites and Urartu.

In the Archaeological Bibliography you can search for monographs and articles from approx. 2,700 journals and articles from congress reports and festschrifts, etc. The bibliography contains the literature on Graeco-Roman culture and its peripheral cultural and also literature on Etruscan, Minoan and Mycenaean culture, the Anatolian cultures, prehistory and ancient history including epigraphy and numismatics.

Congress reports are now archived more consistently than before, arranged as a whole and described according to content.

Festschrifts and publications by several authors are described according to content if they have a unifying theme.

Reviews are currently not admitted.

To undertake a systematic search in ZENON DAI, select the menu item "DAI Bibliographies" and then the Thesaurus Tree.

The Rome Thesaurus Tree comprises 34 main levels grouped into the following fields:

main levels (practice and institutions, multiple-author volumes, personalia, museums and collections, topography, technology and material) for all the cultures included;

main levels on Greek and Roman culture (art history, architecture, sculpture and plastic art, portraits, etc.);

and other main levels relating to

prehistory (Neolithic and Bronze Age. Ends in peripheral cultural and state formation during the early Iron Age, or in Greek/Roman rule)

precursor cultures to Greek and Roman culture, i.e.

    -Minoan and Mycenaean culture (in Crete from the Proto-Palatial (2000 BC) to the Post-Palatial period (1100 BC), on mainland Greece from the shaft grave period (1600 BC) to Sub-Mycenaean (1050 BC));
    -Etruscan culture (post-Villanovan in the 7th cent. BC);
    -the Italic and Sicilian cultures (from the later Iron Age, before the Roman conquest in the 3rd cent. BC)

as well as to the

peripheral cultural (influenced in their artefacts and ways of life at least in part by Greek and Roman culture, mostly after the early Iron Age from the late 7th cent. BC. Always ends with the introduction of Greek or Roman rule)

and the

oriental cultures (Urartu and Hittites).

Additionally the fields of Paleolithic and mesolithic ages, Egyptian culture, the early Middle Ages as well as anthropology and philosophywere processed between 1956-1997 and each field now constitutes a main level.

The main levels are further divided into sub-levels. The number of hits for a bibliographic title is shown for each level. In addition there are index terms for individual areas, by means of which you can find keywords concerning provenance, location, proper names, etc.

As well as undertaking a hierarchical search via the Thesaurus Tree, you can access the keyword field of the "Archaeological Bibliography" directly via ZENON DAI using the functions "Search" and/or "Index Search" (provenance, location, proper names).

If you have any queries, please contact: Sabine Thänert M.A.

Scientific oversight of the bibliography: Dr. Michael Krumme

More detailed information can be found here.

Berlin Head Office