Inrap actively contributes to the construction and reinforcement of the European Research Area via its participation in European projects.

Updated on
05 June 2017

Europe, with its mechanisms for promoting cooperation and scientific excellence, is a natural territory for the development of the international activities of Inrap. Through associations with European university, government and excellence institutions, Inrap supports and participates in European projects. Funded by the European Commission in various frameworks (Horizon 2020, ERC, Interreg, Creative Europe, etc.), these programs aim to support and develop national scientific and organizational issues at a European scale.


The projet

Led by Inrap, the NEARCH project, half funded by the European Commission for a period of 5 years (2013-2018) in the framework of the Culture program, is a European collaboration network assembling 16 partners from 11 countries with the aim of exploring and reinforcing the relationships between European citizens, and archaeology and their cultural heritage.

The goals

To realize these goals, NEARCH conducts many activities. For example, it studies how European citizens perceive archaeology (survey taken in 9 European countries), encourages collaboration between archaeologists and contemporary artists, engages discussions on the publication practices of archaeology in modern media, and offers funding for mobility between the project’s collaborating partners.

The project is organised around five major themes:

  1. Archaeology for the community: informing and involving people 
  2. Archaeology for the community: informing and involving people 
  3. Archaeology and the knowledge: teaching and sharing information
  4. Archaeology in a changing economy: towards sustainability 
  5. European archaeology and the world: dependencies and mutual development 

The partnership

NEARCH brings together European research institutes, universities and cultural institutions.

The twelve co-organisers are:

  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • Institute of Heritage Sciences – Spanish National Research Council (Spain)
  • Institute for Artistic, Cultural and Natural Heritage of Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
  • Culture Lab (Belgium)
  • Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology (Netherlands)
  • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland)
  • University of York, Archaeology Data Service (United Kingdom)
  • German Archaeological Institute (Germany)
  • Jan van Eyck Academie (Netherlands)
  • CENTQUATRE (France)
  • University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

The three associated partners are: 

  • The Archaeology Unit of the city of Saint-Denis
  • EAA - European Association of Archaeologists
  • ICAHM - International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management


The project

The ARIADNE project “Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe”, of which Inrap is a partner, was selected in the framework of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research and technological development. This European research program began on 1 February 2013 for a period of 48 months (until January 2017). It brings together 24 partners from the 16 European countries.

The goals

Digital archaeological data are currently very abundant and widely diffused via computer data sharing tools. They nonetheless form a large and fragmented corpus that is difficult to access, thus limiting their use potential.

The goal of ARIADNE is therefore to assemble and merge the various existing infrastructures to create a European digital platform enabling access to the data generated by archaeological research. The project also includes the creation of a dynamic community of users, as well as training and research activities for these new tools.

The role of Inrap in this project is to contribute its expertise in preventive archaeology and the data generated by this particular field of research. Inrap also participates in activities related to the sharing of good practices and the creation of a network of researchers.


For news on this project

Contacts :
NEARCH : nearch [at]
ARIADNE : ariadne [at]