Prof. Dr. Matthias Wemhoff is the director of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte in Berlin and also the Landesarchäologe of Berlin. He studied prehistory and early history with a focus on medieval archaeology, medieval history and church history in Bamberg and Freiburg. In 1992 he received his doctorate with a thesis on "Das Damenstift Herford. Die archäologischen Ergebnisse zur Geschichte der Profan- und Sakralbauten seit dem späten 8. Jahrhundert" at the University of Freiburg. From 1992 to 2006 Matthias Wemhoff was director of the Museum in der Kaiserpfalz in Paderborn and from 2003 to 2008 founding director of the LWL-Landesmuseums für Klosterkultur in Dalheim. Since 2008 he has been director of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin-Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and Landesarchäologe of Berlin.
Prof. Wemhoff curated major cultural history exhibitions such as "Kunst und Kultur der Karolingerzeit" (1999), "Canossa-Erschütterung der Welt" (2006), "Russen & Deutsche, 1000 Jahre Kunst, Geschichte und Kultur"(2012), "Die Wikinger" (2014), "Bewegte Zeiten. Archäologie in Deutschland" (2018) and "Germanen. Eine archäologische Bestandsaufnahme" (2020).
In 2000 he was appointed honorary professor at the University of Paderborn, and in 2010 honorary professor at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2018, he helped shape the European Heritage Year in Germany as chairman of the National Program Advisory Board. Since 2011, he has been executive director of the German Society for Archaeology. As a presenter, he communicates archaeological and historical topics to a broad audience in many television documentaries.