Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, welcomes the success of the 2021 European Archaeology Days (EYP), which took place from 18 to 20 June.

More than 570 events took place all over France: exceptional opening of excavation sites, educational and fun activities, archaeological villages, meetings with researchers, visits to laboratories, exhibitions, screenings... During these three days, the public was able to benefit from a rich program offered by all the actors of archaeology.

The «#Backstage of Archaeology» operation was a real success, with 32 new events, making the public discover places or collections that are usually inaccessible: museum reserves, behind-the-scenes exhibitions or laboratories, creation workshops, museums under construction…

Were thus on the program: the opening of the workshops realizing the replica of the Cosquer Cave, of the restoration workshop of the departmental museum Arles antique housing the famous painted coatings of Pompeii style of the site of the Glassware, a preview of the future Narbo Via Museum, the presentation of an entire mammoth skeleton at the Inrap archaeological research centre in La Courneuve…

26 European countries mobilized for this edition, offering more than 830 activities, marking the success of these days.

700,000 viewers watched the documentary «Narbonne, la seconde Rome» broadcast as part of the special day that Arte, the JPO’s historical partner, dedicated to archaeology on Saturday, June 19. The success of this day’s audience was confirmed again this year.

More than 320,000 Internet users also watched the episode “How was Magic Practiced in Antiquity?” on the YouTube channel «Nota Bene», produced in partnership with Inrap.

The next edition of the European Archaeology Days will be held from 17 to 19 June 2022.

The Inrap

The National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research is a public institution under the supervision of the Ministries of Culture and Research. 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 andsea. Its missions extend to the scientific analysis and 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.

The European Archaeology Days are supported by Bouygues Travaux Publics and the Promogim, Demathieu Bard and Capelli groups.