The Research Project The tomb of Neferhotep is the largest private tomb in the necropolis of Thebes, which contains the tombs of some 800 officials and priests. Neferhotep (whose name means “perfect is mercy”) was the chief clerk of the creator deity Amun, and died around 1320 BC during the reign of Pharaoh Ay. His tomb was hewn from the rocks at the foot of the Theban mountain range close to the Valley of the Kings.
When, in the 19th century, English and French explorers discovered his…
The Research Project Xiongnu – the name denotes one of the most powerful tribal alliances of mounted nomads, who founded the first great nomad empire between the 3rd and 4th centuries BC, long before Genghis Khan. This was a state whose boundaries were only ever determined by the outcome of constant combat. Namely, its greatest foe was China or the Han Dynasty, which had ascended to become a great empire, prominently by means of battle with Asian Huns. A clear indicator of the power the…
The Research Project Breisgau is one of Germany’s oldest regions. In the Middle Ages, princes, towns and cloisters capitalized on the flourishing trade in the Rhine plane and the profitable silver mines in the Black Forest. Accordingly, as the main sources of financial income these were worthy of the highest protection. It is therefore all the more astonishing that today in Breisgau there remains so few examples of the most important and visible manifestation of protection and power – castles.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Krüger (Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Uwe Fleckner (Hamburg)
Hamburg | Berlin (Germany)
The Research Project Ernst Barlach, Marc Chagall, Max Beckmann, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Dix, Wassily Kandinsky and Oskar Schlemmer – many of their famous paintings and sculptures have been lost, leaving behind painful gaps in the collections of German museums. For example, where is Franz Marc’s well-known painting “Turm der blauen Pferde” (The Tower of Blue Horses) from 1913, which hung in the National Gallery in Berlin until its confiscation in 1937 – even today, nobody knows!
The Research Project Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, which a thousand years ago was left to be overgrown by the jungle is today a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the basis of a long-standing dispute amongst scholars. This dispute is over nothing less than the origin of the scripture used throughout the Indian subcontinent: Was the scripture developed in India shortly before the middle of the 3rd century BC, or is there proof that it came into being well before that on this…
The Research Project Themistocles, Alexander the Great and even Gyges and Croesus, Kings of Lydia – these and other greats of the ancient world would never have ventured a decision of any great consequence without first consulting an oracle. In his Tragedy of Oedipus, Sophocles mentions all three of the greatest oracles of the time in one and the same breath – Delphi, Didyma and Abae.
The locations of the first two of these sacred sites (in what we today call Greece and Turkey) have been…
Dzongsar Ngari Thingo Rinpoche (†2008)
Dr Susanne von der Heide
District Mustang (Nepal)
The Research Project In Nepal, a unique historical site, which effortlessly fulfils all of the necessary criteria to become a World Heritage site, is threatening to fall into decay. We are referring here to the Mentsun Lhakhang in the Mustang district, as yet the oldest, cave temple in the country. Up to now, no one has felt any responsibility for the historical site. On the contrary, for centuries the temple has been left untended and exposed, defenceless, to the elements. Sections of the…
Wie hatte ein gesuchter NS-Täter so lange unerkannt leben können? Darüber rätselte die Öffentlichkeit seit der Entführung Eichmanns aus Argentinien jedes Mal, wenn wieder ein in NS-Verbrechen…
Ricardo Klement alias Adolf Eichmann, SS-Obersturmbannführer und Leiter des für die Organisation der Vertreibung und Deportation der Juden zuständigen Eichmannreferats des Reichssicherheitshauptamtes (RSHA). Für seine Flucht nach Argentinien besorgte er sich einen Pass des Roten Kreuzes, ausgestellt auf den Namen Ricardo Klement.