Countries and regions

In line with an archaeology conceived globally, the sphere of work of the departments and commissions is structured according to geographical area of responsibility. These geographical areas, however, are not defined by modern national frontiers but reflect ancient cultural regions, which in turn had different contours in the various successive phases of early human history. In view of this, research into these cultural regions requires constant collaboration between the various departments and commissions in the respective regions. Complementing the clusters this has now acquired an independent profile with supra-regional research questions on TransArea Studies and Early Centres of Globalization.

Alone among departments and commissions, the Head Office in Berlin has a profile that is not defined by geographical competency. Instead core areas in the disciplines of architectural history, natural sciences, scientific IT as well as the protection of cultural resources and site management make up its scientific profile in the form of cross-departmental working groups.

Overview of research units with their geographical & cultural core areas:

  • Rome Department: Italy with neighbouring areas in North Africa (Tunisia, Libya, Algeria)
  • Athens Department: Greece with neighbouring areas
  • Istanbul Department: Anatolia
  • Madrid Department with a research facility in Lisbon: Iberian Peninsula, North Africa
  • Commission Munich: Latin and Greek epigraphy, numismatics of the Mediterranean region
  • Cairo Department: Nile valley and the adjoining desert areas in Egypt, the Libyan desert, Nubia
  • Orient Department: Arabian Peninsula, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Ethiopia
  • DAI research unit with the DEI: Jordan, Israel, Palestine
  • RGK, Frankfurt: Europe, with a current core area in East and Central Europe
  • Eurasia Department: countries of the former Soviet Union, from Moldova in the west to Siberia in the east including the Southern Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) and Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan); China
  • KAAK, Bonn: non-European archaeology with a main focus on South America, Africa, Oceania, South and East Asia

Overview of cross-departmental working groups at the Head Office:

  • Division for building archaeology (building documentation, reconstructions, construction history)
  • Divison for natural science (anthropology, archaeobotany, archaeozoology, dendrochronology)
  • Division for information technologies (scientific IT, development of digital research environments)
  • Division for cultural resources protection and site management