Lunchtime Talk at the German Archaeological Institute
In relation to the second meeting of WiB’s newly-established event series, Lunchtime Talks, the German Archaeological Institute (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut - DAI) in Berlin-Dahlem hosted more than 50 WiB members and guests on 11 February 2019. WiB participants began the program with a guided tour of the DAI’s main building followed by a tour to the historic Wiegand House which is a true architectural gem. Only a few people notice the obscure house as the view is hidden by a modern extension building on Podbielskiallee. Professor Theodor Wiegand, the renowned German archaeologist and museum director, commissioned Peter Behrens, the famous modernist architect and industrial designer, for the building project of the villa to house parts of his personal artifacts collection. Behren completed the neoclassical construction in 1912 elegantly combining modern and traditional features that deserves its historic landmark status.
The next program was a presentation of DAI’s work by the president of DAI, Professor Dr. Friederike Fless in the wood-panelled garden chamber. Founded in 1829 in Rome and affiliated to the Federal Foreign Office as a research institution in 1874, the scientific organization carries out archaeological excavations, and classical and ancient studies abroad. Today it runs over 300 projects in 20 locations. Since 2016 the DAI also coordinates the Archaeological Heritage Network to help preserve, protect, and support cultural heritage all over the world. Other important areas of DAI’s work include training for researchers, the establishment of landmark registers and the planning of measures for the preservation of cultural heritage in various countries conducted in close co-operation with domestic partners.