Within the DRAC, the Regional Archaeological Service is responsible for inventorying, protecting, studying, conserving and enhancing the archaeological heritage of the region. It programmes and monitors scientific research in the regions and disseminates the results.
Archaeological heritage is a fragile, limited and non-renewable resource, of which archaeologists know only a part.
Because of its fragility, the state has organized its protection by law and controls research.
At the regional level, the Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs, via the Regional Archaeology Service, is responsible for enforcing legislation on archaeology.
The service, organized on the 3 sites of the DRAC Grand Est, in Strasbourg, Châlons-en-Champagne and Metz, prescribed, in liaison with the Interregional Committee for Archaeological Research (CIRA), diagnoses and preventive searches, investigates requests for authorization to search, monitors and controls their execution.
To consult in this section
The Territorial Commission for Eastern Archaeological Research
Incidental archaeological discoveries
Use of metal detectors: subject to prefectorial authorization
Conservation and study centres
Publications and exploitation of archaeological heritage
Role and missions of the Regional Archaeology Service
The Regional Archaeology Service (SRA) prescribes and controlspreventive archaeology (diagnosis and excavations), made necessary by the spatial planning operations and implemented by various authorized operators.
The protection of sites and remains is the constant concern of the SRA which intervenes systematically in the processing of urban planning documents and land urbanization applications and also instructs the impact studies of development and major works: highway development, rail network, CAZ, etc.
The department is responsible for coordinating all research activity in the region.
It instructs the authorizations of programmed excavations, collective search programs and issue ad hoc rescue or sounding authorizations.
Inventory and keep
The service draws up the regional archaeological map, records incidental finds, ensures the preservation of the documentation resulting from the excavations (archives of excavations, archaeological furniture)... It manages the Conservation and Study Centres where the archives of excavations and inventoried archaeological furniture are kept.
The service ensures the dissemination and promotion of research.
This policy is divided into several specific or permanent actions (exhibitions, European Days of Archaeology and Heritage, publications, congresses, seminars) and is characterized by a willingness to collaborate with all regional partners.