The European Archaeological Centre

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Located in Glux-en-Glenne, a few kilometres from Mount Beuvray, this unique centre in France brings together the skills of researchers and students to advance knowledge of the Bibracte site and Iron Age archaeological research.


It is a special feature of this centre that it does not have a permanent research team. Here, researchers and students from all over Europe work together to understand the mechanisms of the development of the Celtic town and to discern its organisation. However, an original work site is managed directly by Bibracte archaeologists: the school site, which every summer trains teenagers in the archaeological approach, in real conditions.

The research programme is divided into four-year cycles. The four-year projects are validated by Bibracte's scientific council, made up of eight European experts, before being submitted to the State services for instruction.

Bibracte provides logistical support, stewardship and scientific coordination of research. The centre is equipped with high-performance facilities to support all stages of the research: site equipment, laboratories, documentation centre, conservation areas, publishing chain, etc.

The centre is also the seat of scientific meetings, an essential training centre for students and researchers, as well as a formidable laboratory for experimentation at the service of the archaeological community and heritage professionals. Since 2012, it has also housed the Conservation and Study Centre of the Burgundy-Franche-Comté Regional Archaeology Service, as well as the branches of several preventive archaeology operators.

Bibracte research in figures

. annual excavations since 1984
. a dozen partner universities and research institutes
. about 5,000 working days of associated researchers and students annually
. a permanent support team of a dozen people, including: site manager, machine operators, geomatician, photographer, documentalist, collection manager, conservation manager, editorial unit
. more than thirty volumes published in the collection of scientific monographs edited by Bibracte since 1996, the year the collection was created.

the excavation campaign

Current research combines excavation operations on the oppidum, geophysical and pedestrian prospecting and specialised studies on the various types of remains and artefacts brought to light. In particular, they are examining the spatial organisation of the town, its urban dynamics, and the material and immaterial flows that irrigate it. Particular attention is paid to paleo-environmental studies.

The results of the annual research campaigns are published online (in french)


Archaeological digs : 2024 season

The Parc aux chevaux, sector of PC14
- Universities of Besançon, Toulouse and Dijon
- Dates: from 06 May to 31 May 2024

The Grandes Portes sector and the Terrasse du Petit Bois
- University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
- Dates: 24 June to 26 July 2024 

The PC 2 Roman house in the Parc aux Chevaux
- Bibracte school camp for teenagers 
- Dates: 9 July 30 August2024    
Exploratory survey at La Chaume 
- Universities of Brno and Prague (Czech Republic) and Nitra (Slovakia)
- Dates: 22 July 24 August 2024

Le Champlain sector
- University of Rzeszów (Poland) and Paris Lisbon Dates
- Dates: 25 August 21 September 2024

Pâture du Couvent " Le Forum "
- University of Budapest (Hungary)
- Dates: 5 August 31 August 2024

The Sanctuary of sources Yonne 
- University of Durham (Great Britain)
- Dates: 29 July to 17 August 2024

Documentation centre

Bibracte has an important documentation centre for European Protohistory.

With more than 20,000 volumes and more than ten archives and thematic documentation collections, all of which can be consulted only on site, this library is one of the most complete in France for this period. It is enriched by approximately 1000 works per year.

The documentation centre is located within the walls of the research centre in Glux-en-Glenne, 4 km from the museum.
It is freely accessible to the public, by appointment, during office hours.
It participates in the Frantiq collective catalogue, which allows remote access to its bibliographic file. 
It offers mini-scholarships to students, in the form of accommodation credits for 5 days per academic year.

For more information, call (33° 03 86 78 69 00 or

The "Bibracte" collection

The "Bibracte" collection is published by BIBRACTE, the European Archaeological Centre.
It firstly brings together the results of research carried out on the Mont Beuvray site and the Aeduan territory, then the proceedings of scientific meetings organised by the Archaeological Centre, and finally the major works relating to the archaeology of Celtic Europe. The reading committee for the collection is made up of members of the Bibracte Scientific Council.

To date, there are 30 titles in the collection.

These works are on sale in the museum shop or by mail order from the Librairie archéologique. 


See all the titles in the collection, their summary and table of contents

Download the list of books in the collection


Archaeologists or students, you can contact the European Archaeological Centre by e-mail or telephone.