New ways of Engaging audiences, Activating societal relations and Renewing practices in Cultural Heritage

NearchOver the last 25 years, Archaeology and cultural heritage management have undergone significant scientific and professional developments.

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.

NEARCH aims to study the different dimensions of public participation in archaeology today and to offer new ways of working and cooperating in a profession strongly concerned by the current economic crisis.



NEARCH’s main objectives


  • To emphasize the societal component of archaeology.
  • To cultivate archaeology as a means to socially involve citizens and develop a sense of European citizenship.
  • To explore and amplify the relationship between archaeology and artistic creation.
  • To re-think and develop the ways to communicate and mediate archaeology towards the various audiences.
  • To shape a new economic model for a sustainable practice of archaeology and heritage management.
  • To promote new ways of teaching archaeological knowledge and practices to young professionals and encourage their transnational mobility inside and outside Europe.
  • To examine the public relevance of European archaeology in a wider geographical and cultural perspective.


These objectives will be carried-out through a large-scale action plan over 5 years structured around five main themes and action fields, each with a corresponding set of activities.

Themes and action fields

  • Informing
    Archaeology for the community: informing and involving people
  • Imagining
    Archaeology and the imaginary: crossroads between science and art
  • Sharing
    Archaeology and the knowledge: teaching and sharing information
  • Innovating  
    Archaeology in a changing economy: towards sustainability
  • Engaging
    European archaeology and the world: dependencies and mutual development


For this project, Inrap has brought together 13 various European research centres, universities and cultural organizations.



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Twitter : @NearchProject

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Contact person:

Maria Pia Guermandi
Tel. +39 51 527 6683

Antonella Salvi
Tel. +39 51 527 6604

Remo Bitelli
Tel. +39 51 527 6148

“This project is funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”

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Pubblicato il 23/01/2015 — ultima modifica 27/11/2015

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