Welcome to VarI

The Society of Archaeological Institutes in Cologne and Bonn (Verbund archäologischer Institutionen KölnBonn - VarI) is a collective of numerous institutions that conducts worldwide research on materials left behind by past cultures.

The region of Cologne and Bonn is one of the largest and tradition-rich archaeological areas in Germany. Various institutes and offices at the Universities of Cologne and Bonn cooperate with other regional partners such as the Comission for the Archaeology of non-European Cultures (KAAK) of the German Archaeological Institute in Bonn, the Römisch-Germanisches Museum in Cologne, the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Bonn as well as the Rhineland Regional Office for the Preservation and Care of Field Monuments. The chronological spectrum of activity stretches from the Early Neolithic into the late Medieval period with the regional focus on Rhineland and European archaeology, Egyptian and Mediterranean Cultures as well as the archaeology of South and Central America and Central and Southeast Asia. Some informations about ongoing research projects can be found here (Leaflet 1, 2010; Leaflet 2, 2011; Leaflet 3, 2013).

The establishment of VarI in December 2008 signifies the linking of the following goals; the further intensification of traditional cooperation of the archaeological institutions within the Cologne Bonn region and the creation of new stimulus through multidisciplinary exchange as well as the generation of synergies for research and teaching through strengthened structural integration.