Markus Hilgert 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, Markus Hilgert held a chair for Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Heidelberg University. Markus Hilgert is the coordinator of the national research consortium ILLICID focusing on the illicit traffic with cultural property in Germany as well as the director of the "Center for Digital Cultural Heritage in Museums" (CEDICUM) at the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and the national research network "museum4punkt0". In addition, Markus Hilgert is the co-director (with the ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to UNESCO) of the Iraqi-German expert forum "Iraq’s Cultural Heritage at Archaeological Sites and Museums". Markus Hilgert is a member of the German Commission for UNESCO and the "Disaster Risk Management Committee" of ICOM. In 2016, Hilgert was named the "National Correspondent for the Blue Shield in Germany". He holds honorary professorships at Heidelberg University and Marburg University.
Fields of Research:
Assyriology, Near Eastern Philology, Cultural Theory, Sumerology, Semitistics, Comparative Religious Studies, Epistemology, Cultural Heritage Research