Located at the crossroads of several scientific fields, archaeology studies the material traces of civilizations, from prehistory to the contemporary era. By enriching our knowledge of the societies that preceded us, it contributes to a better understanding of our current world.

For the past 10 years, the National Archaeology Days have been inviting a wide audience throughout France to discover the behind-the-scenes of this discipline through educational and playful activities (excavation simulators, ceramics workshops, mosaics, flint trimming, money, etc.), meetings and visits with researchers but also exhibitions, reconstitutions, projections, laboratory manipulations...

For three days, more than a thousand demonstrations accessible to all spread throughout the territory, including the exceptional opening of excavation sites.

Highlights in 2019, a dozen archaeological villages welcome visitors curious to discover this discipline and the latest advances in research: in Aleria, but also in Lyon, Mandeure, Marseille, Nice, Orléans, Rennes, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Toulouse and Troyes.

For this new edition, the National Archaeology Days (JNA) open to Europe with meetings in Germany, England, Belgium, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland.

Always passionate about their heritage, visitors are more numerous each year to enjoy with family or friends the rich program of activities proposed. The 2018 JNA gathered more than 200,000 visitors for 1,600 events at nearly 650 venues.

The JNA offer a unique opportunity to dive into the archaeology of the XXIe century. Excavation operators, museums, archaeological sites, laboratories, research organizations, universities, all those involved in archaeology and many cultural sites (media centres, associations, etc.) open their doors and offer the public original and interactive activities.

"National Archaeology Days have become, in the space of 10 years, a highlight of the cultural agenda, frequented every year by an ever-growing public, eager to find in the archaeological heritage the treasures that will constitute its "imaginary museum"", in the words dear to André Malraux. I can only rejoice in this enthusiasm of the French and now European public. I wish a prosperous future, in France and throughout Europe, to this beautiful event which, by highlighting the past, helps us to understand the present and to build the future,' said Franck Riester, Minister of Culture.

The JNA are organized by the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, and benefit from the patronage of Bouygues Travaux Publics and the groups Promogim, Capelli and Demathieu Bard. They are also sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

The Inrap

The National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research is a public institution under the dual supervision of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. It is responsible for the detection and study of archaeological heritage prior to the development of the territory and carries out every year some 1800 archaeological diagnostics and more than 200 excavations on behalf of private and public developers, in metropolitan France and Overseassea.

Its missions extend to the analysis and scientific interpretation of excavation data and the dissemination of archaeological knowledge. With 2,200 staff in 8 regional and interregional directorates, 42 research centres and a headquarters in Paris, it is Europe’s largest archaeological research operator.

 

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