Koldewey Society

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The Koldewey Society, Association for building history research eV is one by Robert Koldewey , one of the founders of modern building research, named German professional society for archaeological science and building research .


In 2020, the society has around 350 members, mainly architects who work in the field of building history, but also art historians, archaeologists, prehistorians and other scientists who are active in the field of building research. The majority are university professors in this field. Since May 2018, the 1st chairman has been Alexander von Kienlin, holder of the Chair of Building History at the Technical University of Munich , Deputy 1st Chairman is Manfred Schuller from the Technical University of Munich , and the 2nd chairman is Ursula Quatember.


The Koldewey Society was founded on June 25, 1926 - one year after the death of Robert Koldewey - on the occasion of the 1st conference for excavation science and building research in Bamberg under the name of the Working Group of Archaeological Architects . The initiators of the Koldewey Society included Walter Andrae , Armin von Gerkan , Uvo Hölscher , Daniel Krencker , Fritz Krischen and Friedrich Wachtsmuth . In the first few years, for example, Ludwig Borchardt , Wilhelm Dörpfeld and Cornelius Gurlitt also joined the company.

The Koldewey Society is registered in Stuttgart in the register of associations and currently has its registered office in Berlin .

Goals and activity

The company's aim is to intensify building research, particularly in the field of ancient architecture. Further tasks that the company faces are participation in questions of art and monument preservation and promotion of cooperation with foreign scientists.

The Koldewey Society organizes specialist conferences every two years. Except between 1931 and 1936, they were held annually until the beginning of the Second World War. They have been held every two years since 1947, and in even years since 1976.

The documentation of the results, which initially appeared irregularly in various journals, since 1957 as an independent publication, since 1963 under the title Report on the Conference for Excavation Science and Building Research , since 2004 as a series of the same name, is one of the most important scientific publication series for building research and building history in the German-speaking world Room.

In addition, the company publishes the texts on building research (only available online today) and individual publications. Irregular, the company also with the studies on building research scientific work of individual scientists out. Further publications are funded by the Koldewey Society.

In 1992, the society passed a resolution on the basic requirements for the preservation of historical monuments and archaeological excavations, the improvement of basic and advanced training, the qualification of the managers of maintenance and renovation measures as well as excavations and the need for conservation concepts.

Prize of the Koldewey Society

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the society, the Koldewey Society Prize was launched in 2001 . In particular, it is intended to promote young talent in building research.


  • Post from Babylon. Robert Koldewey, building researcher and excavator. Letters from Asia Minor, Italy, Germany and the Middle East from 1882 to 1922. Edited by Ursula Quatember and Hansgeorg Bankel for the Koldewey Society. Vienna, Phoibos 2018.
  • Koldewey Society (ed.): Sketches for the 50th anniversary of the Koldewey Society: 1926–1976; presented at the conference from 26. – 30. May in Cologne. Stuttgart, Koldewey Society 1976.
  • Koldewey Society (Hrsg.): Koldewey Society, Association for Building History Research eV About its founders, their history and their goals. Festschrift for the 80th birthday of Ernst Walter Andrae. Bonn, Habelt 1955.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Resolution of the Koldewey Society 1992 ( Memento from August 3, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )