Professor, Specialist Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Cultural Heritage Research
Markus is a specialist in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Cultural Heritage Research. He is the current Director of the Ancient Near East Museum at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin. From 2007 until 2014, he held a chair for Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Heidelberg University.
Markus is the coordinator of the national research alliance ILLICID focusing on the illicit traffic with cultural property in Germany and the director of the “Center for Digital Cultural Heritage in Museums” (CEDICUM) at the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. In addition, he is the coordinator of the national program “museum4punkt0 – Digital Strategies for the Museum of the Future” under the auspices of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media.
Markus is a member of several governing bodies and advisory boards, including the German Commission for UNESCO (since 2016), the Foundation Board of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH; since 2017), the Advisory Group of the Cultural Protection Fund of the British Council (since 2017), and the Disaster Risk Management Committee of the International Council of Museums (since 2017).
In 2016, Markus was named the “National Correspondent for the Blue Shield in Germany” and was elected founding President of Blue Shield Germany in 2017. He is also the Vice President of the German Association for Archeology. Markus holds honorary professorships at Heidelberg University, Marburg University, and Berlin University (Freie Universität).
(Copyright: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Vorderasiatisches Museum, Photo: Olaf M. Teßmer)
Prof. Markus Hilgert