Welcome to the International Study Group on Music Archaeology

The International Study Group on Music Archaeology (ISGMA) is a pool of researchers devoted to the field of music archaeology. The field comprises research methods of musicological and anthropological disciplines, such as archaeology, organology, acoustics, music iconology, philology, ethnohistory, and ethnomusicology. The study group is hosted at the Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute Berlin (DAI, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Orient-Abteilung) and the Department for Ethnomusicology at the Ethnological Museum Berlin (Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, SMB SPK, Abteilung Musikethnologie, Medien-Technik und Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv).


Prof. Ellen Hickmann (28 July 1934 - 18 February 2017)

It is with great sorrow that we have to announce the death of Ellen Hickmann


Ellen Hickmann passed away on 18 February 2017. With her death we mourn the loss of the pioneer of a fascinating field of research and a co-founder of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology. With loving dedication and great personal commitment she knew how to bring together people from many different areas of specialization and motivate them to work toward a common goal. What in other spheres of life can only be kept together with laws and regulations she consolidated with the impact of her personality. Many colleagues from all over the world owe much to her. She was always among us at all our music archaeology gatherings, even when she was not physically present.

We shall always cherish her memory.



Upcoming Events:

The next ISGMA conference will take place in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in 2018. - CANCELLED -

In 2020 the ISGMA conference will take place in Berlin, Germany. It will be hosted by the Ethnological Museum Berlin in cooperation with the German Archaeological Institute.