Day 32 The Bonn-based commission is 40!

The Commission for General and Comparative Archaeology (KAVA) was founded in Bonn on the DAI’s 150th anniversary in 1979. It was renamed the Commission for Archaeology of Non-European Cultures (KAAK) in 2005. In addition to its base in Bonn the KAAK has a field office in Ulaanbaatar.

Opening of the restored Great Hall in Karakorum by the partners of the German-Mongolian Karakorum Expedition (Photo: H. Wittersheim, DAI)

As its name states, the KAAK’s area of interest lies outside the boundaries of the ancient Mediterranean world, instead covering nearly all the continents – currently it operates in South America, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Depending on the region, its investigations go far back into early human history (100,000 years before present) and continue to the early modern era.
The KAAK’s work is also of special significance for German archaeology, as its research fields often have no equivalents in Germany or the disciplines have been lost through cuts. The KAAK therefore additionally has an important function in education.

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