The zones of presumption of archaeological prescription correspond in the territory to zones of archaeological sensitivity that complete the conditions of transmission of the development files to the prefect of region, defined by the code of heritage. The presumptive archaeological prescription zones are established on the proposal of the Regional Service of Archaeology (SRA) after opinion of the Territorial Commission of the Overseas Archaeological Research (CTRA). They concern areas of the territory rich in remains or with high archaeological potential in order to ensure a strengthened monitoring of development files in sensitive archaeological areas.
MPAs are carried out in a defined area, based on the inventory of the Archaeological Map (link to archaeological map), crossed with regional scientific issues. As a result, MPAs are being modified to reflect changing knowledge and research.
A development carried out within a ZPPA is not necessarily the subject of a preventive archaeology operation. The prescription remains at the discretion of the Regional Archaeological Service, depending on the impact of the project and the archaeological potential.
ZPPA orders are sent to the municipalities concerned and are published in the Compendium of administrative acts. (Link to the ZPPA prefecture of Guadeloupe).