KulturGutRetter One vision. One Network.
From November 12th to 22nd, 2023, experts from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA) took part in a field school in Elephantine, offered by the KulturGutRetter project and the Cairo Department of the German
The emergency conservation of mobile and immobile cultural heritage was tested in a fictive disaster scenario involving staff of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), the Leibniz Research Institute for Archaeology (LEIZA) and the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW). The large-scale field test took place in Dresden on 18 and 19 October 2023 and was undertaken as part of the KulturGutRetter project (Cultural Heritage Response Unit – CHRU).
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Bonner Vorträge - DAI
Kulturgutrettung20 February 2024 Theodor Wiegand Gesellschaft (TWG) – e.V. im Wissenschaftszentrum
Dr.-Ing. Katja Piesker, scientific director of the head office and head of the architecture department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) speaks about the project KulturGutRetter (Cultural Heritage Response Unit - CHRU). The lecture is held in German.
RDA Deutschland Tagung 2024
Digitale Notfalldokumentation und Daten im Projekt KulturGutRetter21 February 2024 Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ
Dr. Bernhard Fritsch and Dr. Tobias Busen will talk about the opportunities and challenges of data collection and management as part of a KulturGutRetter mission.
Handle with Care: Cultural Heritage and Ethics in Manuscript Studies
Meet your Allies: KulturGutRetter – Protecting Cultural Heritage in Crisis30 January 2024 Universität Hamburg | Online
Dr.-Ing. Katja Piesker talkes about the KulturGutRetter project including standard operating procedures (SOP), equipement and personelle for the protection of cultural heritage in crisis situations.
German Archaeological Institute (DAI)Founded nearly 200 years ago, the DAI is a globally active scientific institution. Operating as a federal agency within the area of responsibility of the Federal Foreign Office, it is committed to protecting, preserving and disseminating information about cultural heritage.
Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)
For 70 years now the THW has provided technical and humanitarian aid in crises and natural disasters in Germany and abroad on behalf of the federal government. It falls within the area of responsibility of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
Leibniz-Zentrum für Archäologie (LEIZA)
The LEIZA is an archaeological research facility founded in 1852. Part of the Leibniz Association, it combines the humanities and natural sciences with restoration expertise and is active in an international context.
2022 was a very eventful and successful year. In our review of the year, we offer an insight into the work of the Cultural Heritage Response Unit project.
Cultural Heritage in Crisis
An emergency mechanism for cultural heritage in crisis situations
In the past crisis such as earthquakes, floods and fires have shown that in the event of such a disaster, action must be taken quickly. Climate change with its very different local effects also entails a wide range of threats to the cultural heritage of the past. To protect and preserve cultural heritage in all phases of a crisis effectively and sustainably, the essential requirements are well-prepared and rapidly available digital information as well as well-trained and competent decision-makers. For this reason, the project “KulturGutRetter (KGR) – An emergency mechanism for cultural heritage in crisis situations” was initiated in the framework of the Archaeological Heritage Network (ArcHerNet).
A network to safeguard cultural heritage
The Archaeological Heritage Network was founded in 2016 in the presence of Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier, now President of the German Federal Republic. ArcHerNet pools the expertise that exists in Germany and makes it available internationally via a network of contacts. The experience gained through the project Zero Hour – A Future for the Time after the Crisis and the modules it comprised were then used to further develop ArcHerNet’s approaches and objectives. Its scope has expanded to encompass new regions. The Middle East and North Africa in their entirety as well as other regions in Africa have come into focus more and more. Moreover there has increasingly been an effort to develop formats that are universally deployable rather than specific to certain countries or localities. ArcHerNet is coordinated by the DAI and supported by the Federal Foreign Office.
Since the beginning of January 2022, two of KGR’s partners have been involved in the PROCULTHER-NET project, co-funded by the European Union DG-ECHO. The German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) have joined forces with partners from Italy, Spain, Portugal, France and Turkey, to better integrate the protection of cultural heritage in the civil protection mechanisms, at national and European levels.