The French National institute for preventive archaeological research (Inrap), created in 2002, is responsible for the detection, protection and conservation of heritage affected by land development work. Through digs, publications and seminars, it contributes to the teaching and dissemination of archaeological culture. On a daily basis, Inrap carries out diagnoses on the impact of works planned by public or private developers in order to measure their archaeological potential. Inrap's missions and operating methods define a French model of preventive archaeology that has been emulated all around the globe.
As a major patron of Inrap, Bouygues Travaux Publics provides funding support for the organisation of the National Archaeology days, the publication of original, fun and educational editorial content and the opening of digs to the public on an exceptional basis. This was the case, for example, at the Nîmes and Montpellier railway bypass site, where the “Tip Taupe” game booklet collection was inaugurated in 2014, or with the creation of an exhibition entitled "Les aménageurs du territoire” (“local developers”), developed as part of the "archaeocapsule" scheme. This sponsorship fits squarely with Bouygues Travaux Publics' determination to make a long-term commitment to scientific culture and heritage preservation.