Archaeology and cultural heritage management have undergone significant scientific and professional developments over the last 25 years. Conducted by the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap), the NEARCH project, funded by the European Commission for 5 years (2013-2018) in the framework of the Culture programme, is a European-wide cooperation network of 14 partners from 10 countries willing to explore these changes and their consequences. More specifically, NEARCH aims to study the different dimensions of public participation in archaeology today and to propose new ways of working and cooperating in a profession strongly concerned by the current economic crisis. To fulfil that purpose, activities and research are implemented within five main themes: Archaeology for the community: informing and involving people, Archaeology and the imaginary: crossroads between science and art, Archaeology and the knowledge: teaching and sharing information, Archaeology in a changing economy: towards sustainability, European archaeology and the world: dependencies and mutual development. Partners : - Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives (Paris, France) - Archaeology Data Service (York, United Kingdom) - Adam Mickiewicz University, Institute of Prehistory (Poznań, Poland) - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki, Greece) - Culture Lab (Brussels, Belgium) - Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (Berlin, Germany) - Istituto per I beni artistici, culturali e naturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna (Bologna, Italy) - Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) - Jan Van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, Netherlands) - Unité d’archéologie de la ville de Saint-Denis (Saint-Denis, France) - University of Gothenburg (Gothenburg, Sweden) - University of Leiden, Faculty of Archaeology (Leiden, Netherlands) - University of Oxford, Institute of Archaeology (Oxford, United Kingdom) - Centquatre (Paris, France) This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. More about NEARCH and it's activities :

Emmanuelle Bryas, responsible for the management if scientific holdings at Inrap

My name is Emmanuelle Bryas, I am responsible for the management of scientific holdings at INRAP, the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research.

Our institute brings together 1,500 people spread over the entire French territory (mainland and overseas) who daily dig, study and put in shape the fruits of their discoveries and their research.

My job is to organize the collection, management and dissemination of the documentation produced and acquired during an excavation and its study phases. To do this, I administer an online catalog, Dolia, which allows referencing of all scientific reference collections and the online consultation of certain archaeological excavation reports. 13 librarians, located throughout France, provide the search optimization of these holdings in the catalog and access to the documentation whether via paper or digital via Dolia.

The librarians also have an important role in supporting researchers in their literary search. In the same vein, we are working on the development of bibliographic records on subjects which regularly turn up in the requests of our fellow archaeologists, or which correspond to current issues. These records will allow us to develop the riches, often underestimated, of the excavation report holdings.

One of the challenges of being a librarian today in a Research Institute, is the sharing and preservation of digital material produced by researchers: text, photographs, drawings, databases, geographic information systems etc. If our reflection on the operation report is now well underway, much remains to be done further to maintain and disseminate all the fruits and results of our research.


Julien Dez, hyperbaric logistician at Inrap

Julien Dez is a hyperbaric* logistician at Inrap.

Since 2011, Inrap has had an underwater activities service, specifically dedicated to the implementation of underwater operations, whether at sea or in rivers. The preparation and implementation of underwater preventive archaeology operations require advanced technical skills, specific diving training, but also a good knowledge of professional diving safety rules, especially enhanced in hyperbaric environments.


As a land archaeologist first and having been practicing underwater archaeology for many years, I joined the underwater activities service at Inrap in 2012 to specifically take care of logistical issues in hyperbaric environments.

My role is pivotal in the way that I am involved in all the technical elements that an underwater archaeological operation requires : identifying the needs of each operation, both from a human and technical point of view, accordingly preparing the technical equipment for each member of the team and conveying the transport truck onto the site of the operation, which can be all over the French territory. The context of these interventions (ocean, river, lake …) determines the type and number of boats needed for the operation. Searching for suitable water transportation resources is also part of my job.

After launching an operation, I join the teams on the field to effectively participate in the archaeological excavation: diving reconnaissances, excavations, surveys, sample gatherings…

At the end of the operation, all the equipment used is thoroughly cleaned, checked, revised if necessary and then stored at the operational base in anticipation of the next intervention.

My working time is thus divided between my office, the operational base that stores the diving and technical equipment and finally the field, drawing a rather unusual but exciting job profile.


Julien DEZ


*hyperbaric: pertaining to or utilizing gaseous pressure greater than normal.

Valérie Bureau-LEO, intranet publisher and image library administrator at Inrap

FullSizeRenderValérie BUREAU-LÉO is publisher of the intranet and administrator of the image library at the Direction of Cultural Development and Communication (DDCC) at Inrap.

As editor of the intranet, her missions are to host the site (create and update content, create collaborative spaces and form contributors). She designed the newsletter, and rewrites the texts for future dissemination in the newsletter.

As administrator of the image library, Valerie provides general maintenance of the site in relation to Inrap’s web agency, the DDCC and the Direction of information systems (DSI). This means that she manages the access rights for contribution, trains and supports contributors and manages the network and access rights.

Also, she oversees the drafting and revision of contributors’ legends, and ensures the overall consistency of the fund (iconographic quality of documents and indexing).

Her weekly tasks are to meet the iconographic needs of persons outside of the institute (publishers, museums, the media) and of Inrap agents, manage copyrights and foreign photographers, implement the agreement made with the photographic agency of the RMN (Réunion des Musées Nationaux) for commercial uses of documents, ensure the payment of pictures (together with indexing and meeting the quality criteria stipulated by the Convention, in the data-base of the RMN Photo Agency). Finally, Valerie contributes to improving the Inrap platform: creation of new tools, participation in the platform redesign.

Sophie Lamargue, responsible for professional management at Inrap

Sophie Lamargue is responsible for the professional management of jobs and skills at Inrap

Sophie’s job consists first in acutely knowing all the existing jobs and skills present at Inrap and making projections on the short and medium term needs, taking into account issues specific to the establishment.

These issues are:

– enabling a better visibility of internal and external mobility areas to provide a greater visibility to agents on possible career developments (individual assistance);

– identifying strategic jobs for which the institution must ensure the sustainability of knowledge and skills, to anticipate progressive retirement departures over the next 10 to 20 years;

– developing gateways externally and internally, particularly between these two streams of jobs within the scope of professional incapity issues, and the need for reclassification, which arise in particular for operational personnel, linked to the difficulty of the profession.


To do this, the work currently underway is the development of a job repository for Inrap and gradually creating a directory of skills linked to this repository.

Gérard Bataille, Research engineer, responsible for scientific partnerships at Inrap

My name is Gerard Bataille and I am responsible for scientific partnerships (and scientific activity) at the scientific and technical direction of Inrap, at the Paris headquarters. I am first and foremost an archaeologist, specialized in Celtic archaeology that took a job in research administration in order to put my skills and commitment in the service of others.

As part of my activities, I deal with linking relationships between Inrap and various French research institutions, such as the CNRS, universities and numerous laboratories. The aim of these relationships is to develop scientific partnerships for future research development projects between Inrap colleagues and researchers from other institutions.

The main objectives of this mission are to set up for Inrap agents, a supportive work environment for the development of their research as well as facilitate relations they may have with colleagues from other institutions in order to promote multi-institutional projects.

For this, I am frequently led to travel through France in order to meet our partners and establish with them the basis of our relations. Therefore, I spend much of my working life in public transportation and meetings, and the other half at the office preparing draft conventions in collaboration with other departments and colleagues with other skill sets than mine such as the legal department, the direction of cultural development and communication, human resources, etc…

Another part of my missions is to participate in the management, organization and monitoring of my colleagues’ scientific activity. In this framework, in collaboration with others from the scientific and technical direction, we regularly meet with our colleagues to advise on the installation and implementation of their research projects, set up and ensure the means of award procedures (financial and human), administer and follow research budgets and the conduct of these programs …

On a more personal level, in my free time, I try to continue to participate in and develop projects, in order to keep a scientific activity and keep, in the eyes of my colleagues, legitimacy as an archaeologist.

Gérard Bataille

Research engineer

Responsible for scientific partnerships

Scientific and Technical Direction, Inrap

Scientific affiliation: UMR 6298 ArTeHiS (CNRS-Université de Bourgogne)