The National Archaeological Map
The National Archaeological Map is a computerized inventory of recognized archaeological sites throughout France. It is both a management tool and a research tool accessible to all.
Inventorying the archaeological heritage: a mission of the State
The National archaeological map provides predictive maps of archaeological heritage. It also allows the development of research programmes at multiple scales and themes, as can be seen in the National Archaeological Research Programming, The protection of environmental and urban remains is also integrated into this system.
The National archaeological map is based on a set of computerized databases in constant enrichment in the regional archaeological services. Its realization is a mission that the State carries out with the help of public institutions and local authorities that have research activities.
A territorial management tool
The Archaeological map is a fundamental working instrument for the management of the territory and the consideration of archaeological remains, in particular for:
- to draw up management and land-use planning documents, to bring to the knowledge of local town-planning plans (PLU) and territorial coherence schemes (Scot),
- carrying out impact studies,
- guide archaeological prescription strategies in work projects affecting the subsoil, the soil and the built heritage (road and rail axes, quarries, wind projects...).
The map contains over 500,000 archaeological features and is far from exhaustive, as many remains remain to be discovered. Archaeological work of all kinds and computerized data processing continue to enrich our knowledge.
Consult the national archaeological map
The National archaeological map is accessible to all. It can be consulted at the regional archaeological service of each regional cultural affairs directorate (Drac) with levels of precision of information that reconcile the requirements of knowledge with those of heritage protection.