German Archaeological Institute

The German Archaeological Institute (German: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, DAI) is a research institute in the field of archaeology (and other related fields).[2] The DAI is a "scientific corporation" under the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.[3][4]

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Logo.svg
Logo of the German Archaeological Institute
Founder(s)Eduard Gerhard
Established1832; 188 years ago (1832)
PresidentFriederike Fless [de]
Budget€38 million[1]


Eduard Gerhard founded the institute. Upon his departure from Rome in 1832, the headquarters of the Instituto di corrispondenza archeologica, as it was then named, was established in Berlin.[5] Its predecessor institute was founded there by Otto Magnus von Stackelberg, Theodor Panofka and August Kestner in 1829.

Hans-Joachim Gehrke was President of the Institute from March 2008 to April 2011,[6] and has been succeeded by Friederike Fless [de].[7]

In 2015 the leading Egyptologist Zahi Hawass criticised the German Archaeological Institute for its use of ground penetrating radar at the site of Gobleki Tepi, stating "No matter the radar showed nothing, I don't believe in radar, I have been using radar in all my work and it never made any discovery". It is generally accepted that the German Archaeological Institute's work in ground penitrating radar is of archeological significance.


The DAI currently has offices in cities including Madrid, Rome, Istanbul, Athens, Cairo, Damascus, Baghdad, Tehran and Sana'a.

The DAI's Romano-Germanic Commission (Römisch-Germanische Kommission) includes the world's largest library for prehistoric archaeology and is located in Frankfurt. Its commission for the History of Classical Antiquity is in Munich and its Commission for the Archaeology of Non-European Cultures is located in Bonn.

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  1. ^ "Deutsches Archäologisches Institut".
  2. ^ Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 12:33GMT
  3. ^ Deutsches Archäologisches Institut retrieved 12:26GMT 2.10.11
  4. ^ Federal Foreign Office retrieved 12:47GMT 2.10.11
  5. ^ Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 12:38GMT 2.10.11
  6. ^ Timeline of Hans-Joachim Gehrke retrieved 16:08GMT 2.10.11
  7. ^ Institut für Klassische Archäologie Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 16:26GMT 2.10.11

Coordinates: 52°27′38.10″N 13°18′1.27″E / 52.4605833°N 13.3003528°E / 52.4605833; 13.3003528