I‛m archaeologist – but no shovel today… The day starts with a sit-in-front-of-the-computer at the office in Berlin writing and sending emails. Together with my colleague Isabelle Frase we have to answer on questions for an competition we launched in Germany this week. It‛s called “You(r) Archaeology” – portraying the past”, in German “(D)eine Archäologie – Deine Bilder der Vergangenheit”, asking for the ideas and views of the public on archaeology. Everyone from all over Europe should answer that by making drawings, photos, paintings, or videos. The competition was created by our Italian colleagues of the IBC – the Istituto per i beni artistici, culturali e naturali. We are among the partners of the large EU project NEARCH – New scenarios for a community-involved archaeology.
We are based at the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). Cooperations like the NEARCH project is an important part of the Institute’s work. We collaborate with numerous partners worldwide in scientific research aimed at understanding fundamental issues of human history and ancient cultures as the foundation of the civilisations of the modern world. The Institute is conducting research in the archaeological sciences and classical studies in many partner countries.
As a remaining duty for today I have to read proofs for an article I wrote. An important part of archaeology is publishing the results of our research, whether fieldwork or archival studies. The article is on Carl Weickert, an German archaeologist, who worked as director of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin from the 1930s onwards. History of scholarship is not yet very common in archaeology, but as in the sciences it is important to understand competing paradigms or conceptual systems in a wider context. Weickert ended his career in the 1950s, thus spanning the difficult period before and after 1945. He worked also at the excavations of Miletos – an old photograph shows him on site in the 1950s on the left side at the table. The excavations in Miletos are a old and still ongoing research, project first of the Berliner Museen and later of the German Archaeological Institute. And I‛m going there for fieldwork later in September!