The National Archaeological Research Council met on June 23, 2016 to present the new National Archaeological Research Program.

This program was designed to meet current scientific requirements and anticipate the future challenges of the discipline, in the face of the evolution of a profoundly renewed archaeology, notably through the development of preventive archaeology.

The programming thus presents, for 15 chronological and thematic axes identified (graphic and prehistoric expressions, religious landscape, Roman shrines and rites, French overseas archaeology, etc.) a progress report, issues and perspectives and recommendations for research.

This framework text of French archaeological activities will serve as a reference for field operations and research programmes supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. He will accompany the actors of archaeology in their professional practice.

This national program is the result of a collective reflection by the National Council for Archaeological Research (CNRA), chaired by Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and Communication, whose vice-president is Anne Lehoërff. It represents the entire national archaeological community in all its diversity. The report will be presented in detail to the archaeological community in October 2016.

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 About the CNRA

The CNRA, a place of reflection and debate on the topicality of archaeological research, sees this programming as a document likely to evolve, based on emerging scientific issues and new legislation from the Freedom of Creation, Architecture and Heritage Act. The Council has set itself the objective of updating the document within three years. Composed of 31 members from various institutions working in archaeology on the national territory, it meets five times a year, for plenary sessions, and twice as part of its Commission for Underwater Operations. It may also meet as part of its permanent delegation, if necessary.