Research for dialogue between cultures, cooperation worldwide and the preservation of cultural heritage.

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worldwide research

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preserve cultural heritage

Kar-Tukulti-Ninurta/Tulul al-ʿAqr (Irak). 3D-Modellierung der Grabungsaufnahme des Assur-Tempels auf einem fotogrammetrischen Geländemodell in Kar-Tukulti-Ninurta © DAI, OA // F. Wolter

digital research

Studierende der Archäologie bei der Bauaufnahme während einer Summer School in Madīnat al-Zahrā’ (Foto: D-DAI-MAD-ARN-DG-29-2019-147) © DAI // Anonym

early career development


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New paper in Quaternary Science Reviews

10.04.2024 | Commission for Archaeology of Non-European Cultures

Discovery of Australia's oldest pottery rewrites understanding of Aboriginal maritime history.

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Old Kingdom mastaba tomb with rare, finely painted decoration discovered in Dahshur

27.03.2024 | Cairo Department

The newly discovered, richly decorated mastaba tomb dates from the late 5th or early 6th dynasty (ca. 2300 BC) and comprises seven burial shafts and a cult chamber.

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2023 SAF Field Discovery Award

15.12.2023 | Commission for Archaeology of Non-European Cultures

Heiko Prümers (KAAK) and Carla Jaimes Betancourt (University of Bonn) have received this year's SAF Field Discovery Award for the project "Pre-Hispanic low-density urbanism in the Bolivian Amazon".

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Demo Version Digital Excavation History of Ancient Olympia Online

11.10.2023 | Zentrale-Präsidialbereich

For the first time, the potential of how iDAI.field can be used to reconstruct an old 19th Century excavation is presented online in form of a demo version. Example is the first German excavation campaign at Olympia (1875-1876)

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Life-size statue of a wild boar found in Special Building D of Göbekli Tepe

08.10.2023 | Istanbul Department

Recent excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Göbekli Tepe (South-east Türkiye) have resulted in a unique discovery. A life-sized wild boar statue in Special Building D.

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New Indo-European language discovered at Hittite capital Boğazköy-Hattusa

25.09.2023 | Istanbul Department

The excavations of this year revealed an unexpected surprise. Hidden in a ritual text written in Hittite language is a recitation in a previously unknown language.

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Grabungsteam Selinunt findet besonderes Architekturteil aus Marmor

29.08.2023 | Rome Department

Equipe der RUB entdeckte in der aktuell laufenden Kampage in Kooperation mit der Abteilung Rom des DAI eine möglicherweise zum Tempel E gehörende Löwenkopfsima, d. h. das Teil eines marmornen Daches, aus dem 5. Jhd. v. Chr.

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Archäologie Digital

27.08.2023 | Kommunikation

Neue Ausgabe des Magazins Archäologie Weltweit online.

Mitarbeiter der KulturGutRetter am DAI verlädt Schutzmaterialien für Kulturgut zum Transport in die Ukraine © DAI // Eva Götting

Ukraine Relief

Shortly after the beginning of the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine, the DAI organized and provided assistance and support for the Ukrainian colleagues and the ukrainian cultural heritage. The measures ranged from the delivery of protective materials to the provision of secure data storage and scholarships.

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Edo|cation: Die Wallanlagen von Benin und Digitale Archäologie in Nigeria

Deutsche Archäologen berichten aus der Arbeit des DAI

20. August 2024
19:00 - 21:00

Commission for Archaeology of Non-European Cultures

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Our Vision

As an archaeological research institute, our interest lies not only in understanding societies of the past. Answering questions about dealing with crises, cultural identity, and adaptation to changing environmental conditions is rather also of timeless interest for our coexistence today.

We want to understand the origins and development of technical innovations, explore the emergence and transformation of settlement areas, everyday life and trade, trace the human impact on climate and environmental change and investigate its effects.

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Pergamon, Bauaufnahme des Thermalbades Kleopatra Güzellik Ilıcası © Archiv DAI-Pergamongrabung // K. Piesker

Our Projects

Cooperative research, worldwide and at the eye level, diverse, application-oriented and innovative


Freigelegte Mauerzüge aus der 1.Dynastie (ca. 3.000 v. Chr.) in Buto im Nildelta © DAI // Ulrich Hartung

Our Research Infrastructure

Our research infrastructures provide access to knowledge - sustainable, international and open


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Shared knowledge is the basis of research and exchange - as an online journal, research data publication or high-quality book edition.


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Climate & Sustainability

The global consequences of climate change are among the great challenges of our time. In its socio-historical perspective, archaeological research also allows us to trace these long-term effects on human communities. Thanks to our long tradition of archaeological and scientific cooperation, the DAI offers a unique research environment to pursue these questions.


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Apply at the DAI

The German Archaeological Institute regularly advertises vacancies. Here you will find all current vacancies in all departments and work areas. 

We offer career opportunities in the fields of science, research infrastructure and administration. Modern equipment, flexible working models, equal opportunities and family friendliness characterize the work at the DAI.

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