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.
Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM)The RGZM 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.
The German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and the Cultural Heritage Rescue Unit, supported by the DAI, the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) and the Römisch-Germanisches Museum – Leibniz Research Institute for Archaeology (RGZM), have, in collaboration with other cultural institutions, set up a logistics network to deliver material assistance for the safeguarding of museums, archives and monuments in Ukraine. The Federal Foreign Office supports these aid supplies, which supplement measures taken as part of the initiative Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in Ukraine.
KulturGutRetter – Digital documentation of cultural heritage in crisis situations
Dipl.-Ing. Tobias Busen, building historian and ArcHerNet coordinator, and the archaeologist and IT specialist Dr. Bernhard Fritsch (KulturGutRetter, DAI) speak together in the interview below about digital apps that are developed within the KulturGutRetter project for safeguarding cultural property during crises.
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.