INRAP / Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives

French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research

With more than 2,000 employees and researchers Inrap is the largest structure of French archaeological research and one of the first in Europe. It performs each year some 1,800 diagnoses and 250 digs in partnership with private and public developers in mainland France and overseas territories.

Created by the 2001 Act on preventive archaeology, Inrap is an original public institution. Under the supervision of the Ministries of Research, and Culture, its role is to safeguard the study of archaeological heritage affected by land operations.

Inrap is the only competent public operator in the country and for all periods from prehistory to the present day. Heir of thirty years of experience, Inrap works on all types of projects: urban, rural, underwater, large linear paths.

At the end of the digs, Inrap ensures the exploitation of the results and their dissemination to the scientific community: more than 300 of its researchers collaborate with the CNRS and the University.

The Institute contributes significantly to the development of archaeological knowledge, in conjunction with these institutions. By the number of researchers, the scope of its operations and the amount of data collected, it plays a leading role in many areas, including those for which preventive archaeology has profoundly renewed knowledge : community archaeology and population movements , land covered in their entirety, archaeology implantation of the man in his environment , the study of economic flows , etc. .

Inrap’s missions extend the dissemination of archaeological knowledge to the public.

As such, it organizes many recovery operations, often in collaboration with the developers: opening projects, exhibitions, publications, audiovisual production, conferences. In 2012, its activities have affected nearly 680,000 people in 341 municipalities and 84 departments. His catalogue of editorial, audiovisual and multimedia resources is rich of 600 titles. Its website attracts some 100,000 visitors per month.


121, rue d’Alésia
75014 Paris, France
+33(0)1 40 08 80 00