National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research
The National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) is a public administrative institution created by the law of 17 January 2001 and placed under the double supervision of the ministries in charge of culture and research.
Inrap’s mission is to carry out preventive archaeology operations prescribed by the State, but also to ensure the scientific exploitation of its activities and to contribute to the teaching, cultural dissemination and enhancement of archaeology (Articles L. 523-1 et seq. of the French Heritage Code and Decree No. 2002-90 of 16 January 2002 on the status of the Inrap).
It is financed by grants and a fee payable by public or private persons who plan to carry out development work likely to affect archaeological remains.
Research Institution, the Inrap is associated, for the exercise of its missions, with the various public or private actors of archaeology.