Eduard Gerhard was the founder of the institute, according to the homepage of DAI. On the occasion of his leaving Rome, the headquarters of the then Instituto di corrispondenza archeologica, established within Berlin in 1832, from the institute previously founded by Otto Magnus von Stackelberg, Theodor Panofka and August Kestner in 1829 in Rome.
There are offices in many other cities, currently including Madrid, Rome, Istanbul, Athens, Cairo, Damascus, Baghdad, Tehran and Sana'a. Its Romano-Germanic Commission (Römisch-Germanische Kommission), including the world's largest library for prehistoric archaeology, is located in Frankfurt, its Commission for the History of Classical Antiquity in Munich and its Commission for the Archaeology of Non-European Cultures in Bonn.
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