Ministère de la culture Inrap


The European Archaeology Days (EAD) and the operation #Archeorama took place from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June 2020

Piloted by Inrap under the aegis of the French Ministry of Culture, these days have mobilized the entire archaeological community in metropolitan France and overseas for more than ten years. All those involved in archaeology have joined forces to give as many people as possible a glimpse of the richness and behind-the-scenes nature of the discipline.


The JNA has expanded to Europe in 2019. Seventeen countries participated for the first time.


In 2020, the National Archaeology Days became the European Archaeology Days (EAD).


In view of the COVID-19 epidemic, the 11th edition of the Archaeology Days (EAD) did not take place in its traditional form. Nevertheless, to celebrate archaeology with all publics, Inrap launched, under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, the event #Archeorama. In addition to events with the public when the health situation permitted, the #archeorama event opened up the possibility of creating digital events and enhancing online resources: live meetings of archaeologists on social networks, publication of previously unpublished videos, live conferences, virtual tours of exhibitions, 3D modelling of archaeological objects and sites, etc.


With more than 1,400 initiatives in Europe and 26 European countries participating, the 2021 European Archaeological Days were a tremendous success! Europe’s countries came out in full force for this year’s event, once again, offering more than 830 initiatives, signing the success of these days. More than 570 events took place all over France: excavation sites exceptionally opened to the public, educational and fun activities, archaeology villages, meetings with researchers, visits to laboratories, exhibitions, screenings... Throughout the three days, the public had the opportunity to take in an abundant programme offered by all those who make archaeology today.

The "#ArchaeologyBehindtheCurtain” operation was a resounding success, with 32 new events all over France, giving the public the chance to experience places or collections that are usually off-limits: museum reserves, behind-the-scenes exhibitions or laboratories, creative workshops, museums in the making, and more.


We look forward to seeing you on 17, 18 and 19 June 2022 for the next edition of the European Archaeology Days!


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Mahaut Tyrrell, Media Communications Officer
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