The Regional Archaeology Service is the regional referent for all questions related to archaeology. It steers the policy of inventory, study, protection, conservation and exploitation of archaeological heritage at regional level. In accordance with Book V of the French Heritage Code, its mission is to:
Research and evaluation of research
The Regional Archaeological Service carries out the policy of detection and study of the regional archaeological heritage.
It has two research modes: preventive archaeology and programmed archaeology.
All research is subject to a double scientific evaluation, that of the Regional Archaeological Service and that of the Interregional Commission for Archaeological Research (CIRA).
The National Archaeological Inventory
The Regional Archaeological Service updates the national archaeological inventory or national archaeological map which gathers all the available data relating to the archaeological heritage: known archaeological sites, operations carried out, protective measures...
In constant evolution, the archaeological map restores a state of knowledge in a given territory. It is both a research tool for archaeologists and an archaeological heritage management tool.
Protection of heritage
The Regional Archaeology Service provides information on archaeological heritage. It puts in place protective measures specific to archaeology and contributes to the development of protections managed by the other departments of the DRAC.
The Regional Archaeology Service manages incidental finds and is empowered to initiate criminal proceedings in the event of destruction of remains
The Regional Archaeological Service is the recipient and responsible for the documentation resulting from the archaeological research: archaeological furniture, scientific documentation and operations reports.
It controls the classification and packaging of this documentation. It ensures the conservation, restoration and consultation of this documentation and ensures the application of the property regime specific to archaeological remains.
Dissemination and exploitation
The regional archaeological service supports the scientific and cultural development of archaeological heritage. It organizes the Regional Archaeological Days every year and ensures the publication of the Regional Scientific Review. It supports research dissemination activities: publications, symposia, exhibitions.