DAI publications

Shared knowledge forms the basis of science, research, and academic exchange. Ever since the DAI was founded, one of our core tasks has been the publication of archeological research results.

The DAI currently publishes 14 internationally renowned journals as well as 70 publication series on specific topics. The focus of our academic and scientific publications is on modern archeology and classical studies. As publishers of serial publications and journals, we offer colleagues around the world a platform for high-quality research articles.


Defining features of DAI publications are their high scientific and academic standards – upheld through peer review processes – and high-quality production. The wide spectrum of topics covered by archaeological research poses various challenges to publication and distribution. Publications need to present large-scale architectural blueprints and maps as well as high-quality photos of antique sculptures and drawings of minor excavation finds. Excavation publications and basic material presentations are primary source editions that often remain valid and valuable for a century and longer. This is a reason why the DAI applies extremely high standards to the preparation of printing material and the quality of book production, printing, and digital publication.

Our editorial offices in the DAI headquarters as well as in the departments and commissions leverage their academic and scientific expertise and their editorial skills to ensure that these high qualities standards are met consistently. They are also responsible for adapting DAI's publication concepts to the requirements of the modern scientific landscape. This is a continuous, ongoing process.

In classical studies, print editions are still the main medium of scientific and academic exchange. However, the digital connection of various data formats now provides archaeologists with a wide range of publication options. The DAI's editorial teams develop new publication formats, e.g. by connecting print book editions with digital documentation sources or designing purely digital monograph series such as our new Research E-Papers. By using the many options and opportunities of digital publishing, they are making DAI research results accessible for a wider public.