Austrian Archaeological Institute

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Old building of the Vienna University of Economics and Business , now u. a. Seat of the OeAI

The Austrian Archaeological Institute ( OeAI for short ) is a research institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) and carries out archaeological research in the area of ​​ancient Mediterranean cultures, the former Habsburg Empire and today's Austria .


The OeAI was founded in 1898; The first director was the Viennese archeology professor Otto Benndorf . The most important task of the institute in its early days were the excavations in Ephesus , which Benndorf began in 1895 . It also had branches in Constantinople (short term), Smyrna and Athens , where Josef Keil and Adolf Wilhelm worked , among others . Excavations were carried out in various places in the Peloponnese , in Austria itself especially in Carnuntum , which, together with Ephesus, remained a permanent center of the institute's work.

After the First World War, the OeAI had to limit its activities. The branch in Smyrna was given up, and the institute itself was incorporated into the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Vienna in 1935 . After Austria was annexed to Germany in 1938, the OeAI became the “Vienna Department” of the German Archaeological Institute.

Even after 1945 it was initially assigned to the University of Vienna. Activities could be expanded in the post-war years (excavations on Magdalensberg in Carinthia from 1948, resumption of excavations in Ephesos in 1955). The branch in Athens reopened in 1964 and a new one in Cairo was added in 1973.

In 1981 the OeAI became an independent research institution subordinate to the Ministry of Science. As a non-university research institution under the Austrian federal administration, the OeAI was comparable to the German Archaeological Institute, for example . On January 1, 2016, it lost this position and was organizationally integrated into the Austrian Academy of Sciences .


Current projects

The following research projects were current in 2010:


Foreign countries:



  • Yearbooks of the Austrian Archaeological Institute (abbreviated ÖJh , also JÖAI ), each (up to year 2007) with the annual report of the Austrian Archaeological Institute, was published up to year 2009 in the publishing house of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, ISSN  0078-3579 . The annual issues have been self-published by the ÖAI since 2010 .


  • 100 years of the Austrian Archaeological Institute. 1898-1998 . Austrian Archaeological Institute, Vienna 1998, ISBN 3-900305-27-6 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. - Austrian Archaeological Institute now part of the academy . Article dated November 3, 2015, accessed November 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Federal law amending the Universities Act 2002 and the Research Organization Act, Federal Law Gazette I No. 131/2015

Coordinates: 48 ° 14 ′ 0.4 ″  N , 16 ° 20 ′ 55.9 ″  E