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Austrian Archaeological Institute (OeAI)

The Austrian Archaeological Institute (OeAI) is Austria’s leading institution for fundamental archaeological research.

Legal Mandate

The Austrian Archaeological Institute (OeAI) is an extramural research institute of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.

Its assignments encompass archaeological research both at home and abroad as well as its scientific publication. The research sites of the OeAI are concentrated in Egypt and the Greco-Roman cultural regions in Europe and the Mediterranean lands, with consideration of the chronological and geographical peripheries. The advanced training of junior researchers in the area of archaeological fieldwork is equally a legally mandated task of the OeAI, as well as the ongoing implementation of the protection and preservation of archaeological sites and monuments. The assignments of the OeAI are implemented from its institutes in Vienna, Athens and Cairo, within the framework of national and international cooperation.

General Principles

The core competence of the OeAI is fundamental archaeological research in field archaeology, in all of its areas, as well as cultural-historical analysis based on the material legacy. The OeAI views archaeological research as interdisciplinary, transnational teamwork based on transparent project management with targeted posing of questions. Efficiency and flexibility in the structure of the projects are therefore indispensable. In order to attain its research goals, the OeAI utilizes proven as well as innovative methods and technologies, orients itself by international scientific standards, and thereby contributes significantly to the further development of archaeological research.

The success of the OeAI is based on the potential of its co-workers, whose competence and knowledge it promotes by means of such instruments as mobility programmes, career planning, involvement in research clusters, and independent project leadership.

Publicity and Society

Internationally, the activities of the OeAI form an important aspect of Austrian cultural politics, in contact with the countries of central Europe and the Mediterranean region. Active communication of the scientific results and findings, not only within professional circles but also to a broader public, is the contribution of the OeAI towards the visualization of scientific research and towards the development of a knowledge-based society.


A clear definition of the focal areas of the OeAI’s duties sharpens the Institute’s profile, positions it unmistakably within its scientific environment, and reinforces its integration into the international research landscape. The OeAI establishes general conditions for top level archaeological research and for a barrier-free transfer of knowledge.