Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft

The Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft (DOG) has had, from the time it was founded in 1898, close relationships to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. In 2012 the DOG and the SPK decided to collaborate even more closely.

Historical excavation in Assyria (Opens a Larger Version of the Image)Historical excavations of the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft in Assyria (Iraq). Photograph from 1907 © Fotoarchiv, Vorderasiatisches Museum, SMB

The collaboration thus far between the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft (German Oriental Society, DOG) and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) has included joint excavation projects up to 1945 and exhibitions and publications. In particular, the Vorderasiatisches Museum (Museum of the Ancient Near East) and the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung (Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection) had joint excavations with the DOG, in Babylon and Assyria for example.

Managing and Providing Access to the DOG-Archiv

The agreement on cooperation concluded by the DOG and the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) concerns the preservation and maintenance of photographs of joint excavations by the DOG and the Foundation’s museums. The DOG-Archiv will also be inventoried. The long-term plan is to digitize the holdings of the archive.

Another goal of this cooperation is to clarify how large a role each of the institutions played in these archaeological expeditions. Often this can no longer be determined completely in all its details. The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz and the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft will agree on how to formulate these descriptions.

Moving the DOG-Archiv to the Archäologisches Zentrum

The archive of the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft was held in the Vorderasiatisches Museum from the late 1920s onward. Currently, it is housed in the Archäologisches Zentrum (Archaeological Center) of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The DOG office is expected to move there as well in 2014.

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