Territorial commissions for archaeological research
The Territorial Archaeological Research Commissions (RTACs) may be consulted on any matter concerning archaeological research within their territorial jurisdiction.
The CTRA replace the Interregional Archaeological Research Commissions (CIRA) established in 1994. They were seven since 2011, and are now six because of the new organization of the territory of the Republic.
They are divided by area of competence and their composition takes account of their volume of activity. In addition to their president - the prefect of the region where the interregion is located – they are composed exclusively of personalities appointed because of their expertise in archaeology and coming from the various institutions or services working in archaeology on the national territory. These personalities are also designated taking into account the balance between the different scientific fields constituting the discipline.
A member of the Inspection, Research and Innovation Delegation, College of Archaeology, attends the meetings of each committee in an advisory capacity.
RTACs may be consulted on any matter relating to archaeological research within their territorial jurisdiction, including:
- give opinions on applications for authorization of planned excavations and on plans for preventive archaeological operations, for terrestrial or underwater archaeology,
- give an opinion on presumptive archaeological prescription areas,
- issue a assent before any withdrawal of a search authorisation,
- evaluate excavation reports,
- to assess, in certain cases, the scientific interest of real or movable archaeological property.
They are also responsible for reviewing the annual review and programme of operations for the coming year for each region. They formulate proposals and opinions on the archaeological activity of the interregion, including for publications projects. They may also hear or appoint experts for any mission deemed necessary and appoint a permanent delegation.
Interregional archaeological research commissions publish annually the report of their activities.