KulturGutRetter One vision. One Network.

KulturGutRetter is an emergency mechanism for cultural heritage in crisis situations.
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One Vision

Developing an emergency mechanism for cultural heritage in crisis situations.

One Network

The Archaeological Heritage Network (ArcHerNet) was founded in 2016 and harnesses German expertise to safeguard and protect cultural heritage worldwide.


The KGR project is developed out of the Archaeological Heritage Network and is carried by three strong partners:

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On 10 and 11 June, THW forces checked an stored for the Cultural Heritage Response Unit (CHRU) of the KulturGutRetter project at the logistics centre in Hilden. When cultural heritage is threatened by a disaster, it

In 2024 KulturGutRetter volunteers will be trained the first time to assist in disaster situations worldwide with the Cultural Heritage Response Unit (CHRU). These days the training of the cultural heritage experts begins. More than 100

Events 2024

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Spotlight KulturGutSchutz

Schutz und Erhalt von Kulturgut am DAI und im Projekt KulturGutRetter

18 July 2024   Online | Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kulturgutschutz e.V

Dr.-Ing. Tobias Busen (Deutsches Archäologisches Insitut DAI, Projekt KulturGutRetter) berichtet über das Projekt KulturGutRetter, das am DAI gemeinsam mit dem Technischen Hilfswerk (THW) und dem Leibniz-Zentrum für Archäologie (LEIZA) als Auslandseinheit entwickelt wird, um weltweit schnelle Hilfe bei der Notversorgung von beschädigtem Kulturgut anbieten zu können.


30th EAA Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy 28 - 31 August 2024

Digital recording for first response missions to cultural heritage sites in disaster zones

18 August 2024   Universität Hamburg | Online

Dr Bernhard Fritsch talkes in the Session #1077: "Research Data Management in the Field" of the EEA conference about digital documentation of cultural heritage in the framework of the project KulturGutRetter and its Cultural Heritage Response Unit (CHRU).


70th anniversary event of the '1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

Milestones & Way to go

2 July 2024   Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU in Brussels

The event will look at the Convention's 'Milestones & Way to go' and will offer insights from various experts of respective institutions and fields including the European Union, the defense sector as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

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.

ProjecT News

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.

KulturGutRetter- Protection and preservation of

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.