The research mission of the German Archaeological Institute

Ancient cultures are the foundation of today's civilizations – not just in particular features, but also with their interconnections.

The German Archaeological Institute is a research institute charged with conducting, furthering and publishing research in the field of archaeology and its allied sciences. It seeks to promote unity within German archaeological sciences in the broader context of classical and ancient studies, and engages in and encourages meaningful dialogue and well-founded cooperation with its host and partner countries, as well as cultivating productive relations with international scientific institutions. These are a prerequisite for the success of its research. In this way the DAI can contribute, Europe-wide and worldwide, to the preservation of cultural heritage and thus create a basis for nurturing cultural identity in the countries concerned.

The DAI maintains extensive libraries, archives and collections with invaluable holdings of the greatest scientific and cultural relevance. These resources are accessible to researchers of all nationalities. Its core responsibilities make the DAI an important "door-opener" and instrument of Germany's foreign cultural and educational policy and its international scientific policy.

The German Archaeological Institute considers it a key responsibility to promote young researchers so as to be able to fulfil its mission in a sustainable way.

Principles of research

The DAI's research work is shaped and guided by the following principles:

  1. defining research themes that are explored in paradigmatic projects of fundamental research in a way that integrates theory-led lines of enquiry and solid empirical research;
  2. collaborating closely with host and partner countries and developing common research approaches together;
  3. interlinking developments in the areas of data generation and data management, research, training, and site management;
  4. relevance to the present day, reaching from the scientific, via the cultural to the political level.