Hermann Parzinger is an archaeologist and prehistorian and since 2008 the president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Following the completion of his doctorate and postdoctoral thesis in Munich, he was the director of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin from 1990 to 2003, and its president from 2003 to 2008. He has conducted numerous excavations in the Near and Middle East, and also in different parts of Russia (with a focus on Siberia). In 1998 he received the Leibniz Prize for his research work and in 2011 he was honored with the Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts. In 2015 he was appointed a member of the Humboldt Forum’s Founding Directorate. Parzinger is also the author of numerous scientific and popular books on various aspects of early human history. In 2018 he was elected the executive president of the European cultural heritage association Europa Nostra.
As of January 2019