Annual Dinner of the American Friends of the German Archaeological Institute

in honour of Prof. Dr. Alan Shapiro, Professor of Classics and W. H. Collins Vickers Professor of Archaeology Emeritus at the Department of Classics, Johns Hopkins University and Prof. Dr. Günter H. Kopcke, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

In the presence of the Prof. Dr. h. c. Friederike Fless, President of the DAI and Dr. Philipp von Rummel, Secretary General of the DAI, Prof. Dr. Ortwin Dally, Director of the German Archaeological Institute at Rome, Prof. Dr. Brian Rose, Chairman of the AFDAI.

Please join us for this festive affair. Your purchase of tickets will provide important unrestricted funds to benefit fieldwork in and the conservation of the ancient world. Individual tickets are $300;
tables of 10 are $3000. Please RSVP to Brian Rose.

For further information please download the Invitation (PDF)

Annual Dinner of the American Friends of the German Archaeological Institute

in honour of Prof. Dr. Tonio Hölscher, Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology at Heidelberg University and Prof. Dr. Richard Brilliant, Professor Emeritus of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University

In the presence of the Consul General Brita Wagener and Prof. Dr. h. c. Friederike Fless, President of the DAI, Prof. Dr. Jodi Magness, First Vice-President of the AIA, Dr. Philipp von Rummel, Secretary General of the DAI, Prof. Dr. Ortwin Dally, Director of the German Archaeological Institute at Rome, Prof. Dr. Brian Rose, Chairman of the AFDAI

Please join us for this festive affair. Your purchase of tickets will provide important unrestricted funds to benefit fieldwork in and the conservation of the ancient world. Individual tickets are $300;
tables of 10 are $3000. Please RSVP to Brian Rose.

For further information please download the Invitation (PDF)

Annual Dinner of the American Friends of the German Archaeological Institute

The sixth annual dinner of the American Friends of the German Archaeological Institute was held on Thursday the 15th of October 2015. The event in honor of Jack Josephson, founder and first chairman of the AFDAI, and Dr. Paul Zanker, former director of the German Archaeological Institute at Rome, took place in the wonderful rooms of the German Consulate General at 871 United Nations Plaza in Midtown Manhattan.

The night began with a welcome by Brita Wagener, German Consul General in New York, and Dr. Brian Rose, chairman of the AFDAI, followed by a presentation of current projects of the institute by Dr. Philipp von Rummel, Secretary General of the German Archaeological Institute. Dinner was served and the German House restaurant ensured that the guests has a delicious meal with excellent service. During a break before the entrée a first laudatio on Jack Josephson was given by Philipp von Rummel and a second on Paul Zanker by Dr. Ortwin Dally, director of the German Archaeological Institute at Rome. Both received a rare medal stamped by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1979 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the German Archaeological Institute. Dr. Roger Bagnall from New York’s Institute of the Study of the Ancient World, newly elected corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute, then received his certificate. Following dinner, Brian Rose spoke to the guests and thanked the Friends of the German Archaeological Institute for their support.

Special thanks go to Consul General Brita Wagener for hosting the dinner in their rooms at the Consulate General.

Annual Dinner of the American Friends of the German Archaeological Institute

in honour of Jack Josephson, Founder of the AFDAI
and Prof. Dr. Paul Zanker, former director of the German Archaeological Institute at Rome

In the presence of the Consul General Brita Wagenerand Prof. Dr. Friederike Fless, President of the DAI, Prof. Dr. Philipp von Rummel, Secretary General of the DAI, Prof. Dr. Ortwin Dally, Director of the German Archaeological Institute at Rome, Prof. Dr. Brian Rose, Chairman of the AFDAI

Please join us for this festive affair. Your purchase of tickets will provide important unrestricted funds to benefit fieldwork in and the conservation of the ancient world. Individual tickets are $500; tables of 10 are $5000. Please RSVP to Brian Rose.

For further information please download the Invitation (PDF)

Annual Dinner of the American Friends of the German Archaeological Institute

in honour of Jeff Morgan, Founder and Executive Director of the Global Heritage Fund

In the presence of the Consul General Busso von Alvensleben and Prof. Dr. Friederike Fless, President of the DAI, Prof. Dr. Ortwin Dally, Secretary General of the DAI, Prof. Dr. Klaus Schmidt, Orient Department of the DAI (Head of Excavations at Göbekli Tepe), Prof. Dr. Brian Rose, Chairman of the AFDAI

Please join us for this festive affair. Your purchase of tickets will provide important unrestricted funds to benefit fieldwork in and the conservation of the ancient world. Individual tickets are $500; tables of 10 are $5000. Please RSVP to Brian Rose.

For further information please download the Invitation (PDF)

Annual conference of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) in Philadelphia

Several members of the DAI participated in the annual conference of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), held in Philadelphia from January 5th-8th, 2012. In cooperation with the Brown University a session on archaeology in Jordan was held by the DAI and the AIA. Amidst the participants attended numerous members of American universities, the Orient Department of the DAI, the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology and the Winckelmann Institute of the Humboldt-University (Berlin). The General Secretary of the Institute, Ortwin Dally, gave a report on research results and ongoing projects of the German Archaeological Institute in 2011 and welcomed recently elected corresponding members. This event was followed by a reception organized by the DAI.

As in recent years, the Institute presented its new publications at one of the over 55 booths in the well-attended Exhibit Hall. The DAI booth also served as contact point and information center for everyone interested in the Institute and its projects.

Heidelberg University’s 625th anniversary in San Francisco

On Friday, November 18, 2011 the German Consulate General San Francisco hosted a lecture and reception to celebrate Heidelberg University’s 625th anniversary. Heidelberg University, one of the most renowned universities in the world, is the oldest university in Germany.

Prof. Dr. Tonio Hölscher, professor for classical archaeology at Heidelberg University and currently visiting professor at UC Berkeley, talked about the Graeco-Persian wars and their monuments. Prof. Hölscher, recipient of the Lautenschläger research prize, also serves as vice president for the German Archaeological Institute of which he is a member since 1972.

Further information can be obtained form the website of the German Missions in the United States

Prof Hölscher

The German Archeological Institute Invites the Friends To Discover Syria

The German Archeological Institute invites you to an exclusive trip to Syria. Discover the highlights of this fascinating land. Visit the famous Omeyad mosque in Damascus, the Roman city of Bosra at the Jordanian border, experience the beautiful sundown at the ruins of Palmyra far in the desert or the amazing view from the crusader’s castle “Crac de Chevaliers” in the Alawis mountains close to the Mediterranean.
The whole trip will be guided by the head of the Damascus branch of the German Archeological Institute Prof. Dr. Karin Bartl, an expert for the archeology and history of the Near East. She will offer you an exclusive and close insight into the culture and heritage of Syria.

Exclusive Tour Features

  • 11 nights of hotel accommodations in Syria at 5 star hotels.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • 11 dinners at the hotels.
  • 10 lunches in local restaurants.
  • Sightseeing daily with an English speaking guide throughout the tour.
  • All entrance fees to the included sights.
  • Luggage handling of one suitcase per person at all hotels.
  • All gratuities to guides and drivers.
  • Visa service to enter Syria.
  • Hosted by the German Archeological Institute in Syria.

$4199.00 per person for the above package, based on double occupancy. Air cost is additional. ($1000.00 per person donation to the German Archeological Institute)

Single occupancy $850.00 additional.

Not included: Syria airport departure tax of approx. $35.00 per person, beverages with included lunches and dinners, and trip cancellation insurance.

Special Economy Class and Business Class airfares available upon request To Eskin Tours.

Passports requirements

  • Passport must be valid for 6 months after the completion of the tour.
  • The passport should not contain any entry stamp to Israel, no stamps from any Jordanian or Egyptian Border with indication that passenger has visited Israel.
  • Each passenger should bring along 2 photocopies of the first 2 pages of their passport to present to the immigration upon arrival

FOR RESERVATIONS OR INFORMATION CALL:
ESKIN TOURS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
800-315-9179
email: eskintours@sbcglobal.net

By Day Itinerary

November 10: ARRIVAL – DAMASCUS
Arrive to Damascus airport where you will be welcomed by your tour director and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

November 11: DAMASCUS – VISIT
After breakfast, visit Damascus including the national museum, souks, Omeyad mosque, Azem palace, via recta, Anania’s church, and Bab Charki, lunch break during the visits, dinner & overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

November 12 : DAMASCUS – SHAHBA – QANAWAT – BOSRA – DAMASCUS
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to visit Shahba the city of “Philip the Arab” the Syrian emperor of Rome with its mosaics, thermal baths and amphitheatre, later to Qanawat, then visit Bosra, it was mentioned in Egyptian 18th-dynasty records as busrana.it became part of Seleucid domains after Alexander’s conquests and was seized by Judas Maccabeus in 163 BC, lunch break, later back to Damascus, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

November 13 : DAMASCUS – PALMYRA VISIT
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to visit Palmyra including the museum, the temples of Bel, Baal Shamin and Nebo, the roman bath, Thetetrapyle, the theatre, Diocletian’s camp and the tomb’s valley, lunch break during the visits, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)Bosra Theater

November 14 : PALMYRA – QATNA – MISHRIFEH – HAMA
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to visit Qatna, then visit Mishrifeh, lunch break during the visits, later to Hama, with its norias (giant water wheels) located on the Orontes River, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

November 15 : HAMA – SERGELLA – ALEPPO
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to visit the archeological site of Apamea and the mosaics museum, then continue to visit Sergella one of the 500 dead cities of the north, ghost cities built between the 4th and 7th century and disappeared around the 9th century of still unknown reasons, lunch break during the visits, drive to Aleppo, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

November 16 : ALEPPO – SAINT SIMEON – ALEPPO
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to visit St. Simeon cathedral, where St. Simeon stayed for 40 years on top of a column in the fifth century, lunch break, PM Aleppo visit, including the citadel, the famous covered souks, the Omeyad mosque, and the 16th century Christian quarter of Jedaydeh. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

November 17 : ALEPPO – UGARIT – SALADIN CASTLE – LATTAKIA
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to Ugarit, Ugarit the Neolithic remains were found at the base of the tell (hill). Saladin castle a huge fortress built by the crusaders on top of a mountain, it was the most powerful castle of the Antiochian Kingdom until the sultan Saladin overtook. Continue to Lattakia, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

November 18 : LATTAKIA – MARQAB CASTLE – TARTOUS – AMRIT – SAFITA
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to visit Marqab Castle located at the point where the coastal plain narrows to a precarious passage between the sea and the mountains, later to Tartous, visit the museum, lunch break, later visit Amrit, and continue to Safita, dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

November 19 : SAFITA – KRAK DES CHEVALIERS – MAALOULA – DAMASCUS
Breakfast at the hotel, then visit Safita castel, then visit Krak des chevaliers one of the most impressive crusaders fortress, lunch break, continue to visit Maaloula, it has three claims to fame: its setting, its early Christian associations and the resistance of the villagers, then drive to Damascus, dinner ad overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)

November 20 : DAMASCUS FREE DAY
Breakfast at the hotel., then spend the day at leisure exploring Damascus on your own, dinner and farewell dinner at the hotel. (B&D) End of land package

November 21: DAMASCUS – DEPARTURE

Excavating the Olympic Games – Halle Speaker Series

Prof. Dr. Gehrke is personally leading the recent excavations as well as the rebuilding of ancient monuments in Olympia.

His research and publications range widely, from Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greece to the Roman Republic and Empire, from social and political history to the history of political concepts and theories.

His main publications include Stasis: Untersuchungen zu den inneren Kriegen in den griechischen Staaten des 5. Und 4. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. (1985); Geschichte des Hellenismus (3rd edn. 2003); Alexander der Grosse (4th edn. 2005, trans. into many languages), and Geschichte der Antike: Ein Studienbuch (2nd edn. 2006). (© The Halle Institute)

111th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America

January 6th – 9th, 2010 in Anaheim, California

The 111th Annual Meeting of the AIA was held in Anaheim, California from January 6th – 9th, 2010. About 2000 attendees enjoyed the wide academic program.

As in recent years, the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) presented its new publications at one of the over 55 booths in the well-attended Exhibit Hall. The DAI booth also served as contact point and information center for everyone interested in the Institute and its projects.
Moreover, several members of the DAI were actively involved in a variety of academic sessions that covered a broad range of subjects. Session 1B (“Continuity and Change in Sanctuaries of the Ancient World”) was organised by members of the DAI. As well as the lecture by the Secretary General on current research projects of the Institute, the DAI session was received with great interest. The Reception by the German Archaeological Institute held at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel on January 8th was likewise very well-attended. It crowned the DAI’s presence at the inspiring 2010 Annual Meeting in sunny California.