On 4 November 2022, the Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz des Bundes und der Länder (GWK) decided to integrate the consortium “NFDI4Objects” into the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) and to fund it for a period of five years. The project will start on 1 March 2023. NFDI4Objects represents a broad community working on the material remains of humanity from a period of more than 2.6 million years. It includes numerous disciplines from the humanities and natural sciences and many different institutions such as universities, non-university research institutions, state heritage offices, museums and associations, which are linked by common requirements for research data management (RDM). In German archaeology, such an initiative of related disciplines and institutions has not yet existed. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all the people and institutions who have supported the NFDI4Objects application phase over several years. To all those who have not yet joined, a warm welcome. There is much to do!