Evelyn Klengel-Brandt

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Evelyn Klengel-Brandt (* 1932 in Berlin ) is a German archaeologist from the Near East .

Evelyn Klengel-Brandt began working at the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin as a museum educator in 1951. At first she worked on repairing the war damage. The museum finally reopened in 1953. In the same year she began studying Classical and Oriental Archeology at the Humboldt University in Berlin as a guest student , which also included studying Assyrian and Hittite . In 1959 she finished her studies and passed a diploma examination. She then became a research assistant at the museum. In 1964 she did her doctorate on terracottas from Assur , where she could also fall back on the looted art that had returned from the Soviet Union in 1958 and 1959 . Klengel-Brandt became custodian in 1970 and deputy director of the Vorderasiatisches Museum in 1978. She was primarily responsible for working on the small arts, especially the seals , seal unrolls, terracottas and sculptures. In 1990/91 she was initially provisional, and from 1992 she became the regular director of the museum, succeeding Liane Jakob-Rost . She held this position until the end of 1997. Beate Salje followed her . Even after the end of her service at the museum, Klengel-Brandt continued part of her scientific work.

Klengel-Brandt gave lectures in Germany and abroad and taught at the Humboldt University. Her first study trips took her in 1967 to Iraq , Syria , Lebanon and Egypt . After that she worked several times in an official, leading position in excavations of the Central Institute for Archeology and Ancient History and the General Directorate of the Iraqi Antiquities Administration in Iraq, for example in rescue excavations in 1979 in Diyala and in 1982 on the central Euphrates . Although Klengel-Brandt saw herself more as a museum archaeologist than an excavation archaeologist, she led the excavation of the museum at Tell Knedig in northeast Syria after the fall of the Wall from 1993 to 1998 . Lutz Martin was responsible for the excavation on site.

Evelyn Klengel-Brandt is married to the ancient orientalist Horst Klengel .


  • Ralf-Bernhard Wartke : Dr. Evelyn Klengel-Brandt leaves the Vorderasiatisches Museum , In: EOS 1/1998, p. 10


  • with Horst Klengel : The Hittites. History and environment. A cultural history of Asia Minor from Çatalhöyük to Alexander the great . Koehler and Amelang, Leipzig 1970 (also The Hittites and their neighbors. A cultural history of Asia Minor from Catal Hüyük to Alexander the Great , Schroll, Vienna / Munich 1970)
  • Journey to ancient Babylon . Prisma, Leipzig 1970
  • The tower of Babylon. Legend and history of a building . Koehler and Amelang, Leipzig 1982 (also Schroll, Vienna / Munich 1982, ISBN 3-7031-0559-3 )
  • Editor: With seven seals. The seal in the economy and art of the ancient Orient . Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 1997, ISBN 3-8053-2032-9
  • The rulers of Assyria. A rediscovered empire in the ancient Orient , children's book publisher, Berlin 1988, ISBN 3-358-00479-1 / Philipp von Zabern, Mainz 2005, ISBN 3-8053-3359-5
  • with Lutz Martin and Sabina Kulemann-Ossen: Tall Knedig. The results of the excavations of the Near Eastern Museum Berlin in Northeast Syria from 1993 to 1998. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 2005, ISBN 3-447-05569-3

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