German Archaeological Institute at Athens

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Building of the German Archaeological Institute at Athens, Fideiou 1 (built by Ernst Ziller)

The German Archaeological Institute at Athens (German: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Abteilung Athen; Greek: Γερμανικό Αρχαιολογικό Ινστιτούτο Αθηνών) is one of the 17 foreign archaeological institutes operating in Athens, Greece.

Reading room at the library
Photo library

General information, history, facilities[edit]

It was founded in 1874 as the second foreign archaeological institute in Athens. Today, it is one of several specialised departments that make up the German Archaeological Institute. With an ongoing research programme, a 75,000-volume library and a large photographic archive, the DAI Athens remains a major contributor to Greek archaeology.

Archaeological fieldwork[edit]

The German Archaeological Institute has been undertaking excavations at Olympia since 1875.

It has been involved in a multitude of excavations, such as Leukas and Ithaca (Ionian Islands), Orchomenos and Thebes (Boeotia), Menidi and Eleusis (Attica) and Amyklai (Laconia). Current activities include excavations at Kalapodi (Boeotia), Tiryns (Argolid), the Kerameikos (Athens), Ancient Olympia (Peloponnese) and the Heraion of Samos.



  • E. Korka et al. (eds.): Foreign Archaeological Schools in Greece, 160 Years, Athens, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, date, p. 74-85.

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Coordinates: 37°58′57″N 23°43′55″E / 37.98250°N 23.73194°E / 37.98250; 23.73194