Introduction

Trailer JNA 2019

The Archaeology Days event across Europe:

Since 2010, the French Ministry of Culture has placed the co-ordination and promotion of France’s National Archaeology Days (JNA) in the heands of the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap).

The Archaeology Days, always held the third weekend in June, all those involved in archaeology are mobilised to introduce the public to the treasures of their national heritage and the secrets of the profession.

In 2019, the National Archaeology Days will celebrate their tenth anniversary. And in order to share this 10th Edition with the widest possible audience, Inrap has chosen to open up these days to every European country.

These three days will be used to raise awareness and familiarise European audiences with all aspects of archaeology. A range of original and festive events will be organised, to allow families, schools, students, history enthusiasts or the merely curious to discover their archaeological heritage. Visits to places that are not normally open to the public (excavation sites, research centres, archaeological collections, etc.), meetings with archaeological professionals (archaeologists, researchers, etc.), who will be describing their profession to the public, along with a range of entertaining and educational activities (an introduction to excavation, demonstrations, workshops, etc.), are just some of the wide variety of programmes available at the Archaeology Days across Europe.

Video: an introduction to ceramology workshop for schoolchildren; children dig up ceramic shards that need to be reassembled in order to discover an object.

National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap):

Created by the 2001 law on preventive archaeology, the National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap) is the only competent public operator allowed to work throughout the country and across all periods, from Prehistory to the present day.

With thirty years of experience, they are involved on all types of sites: urban, rural, underwater, major transport and energy projects (roads, railways lines, etc.). Its role is to safeguard elements of France’s archaeological heritage affected by infrastructural development by studying them.

As a national research institute, it carries out some 1,800 archaeological surveys and 250 excavations each year in partnership with private and public developers in mainland France and overseas. At the end of the work, Inrap is responsible for the use and dissemination of the results among the scientific community: more than 350 of its researchers collaborate with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and universities.

The Institute contributes to the development of archaeological knowledge, in conjunction with these institutions. By virtue of the large number of researchers it employs, the scope of its activities and the volume of data collected, it plays a leading role in many fields, particularly those in which preventive archaeology has had a profound impact on knowledge: the archaeology of settlements and population movements, the study of regions covered as a whole, the archaeology of human settlement within the natural environment, the study of economic flows, etc.

The missions of Inrap extend to the dissemination of archaeological knowledge to the public. As such, it organises numerous promotional operations, most often in collaboration with developers: opening of sites to the public, exhibitions, publications, audiovisual content, conferences, etc.