EAC - Europae Archaeologiae Consilium

History and objectives


The Europae Archaeologiae Consilium (EAC) was founded in 1999. It is a democratic network of heads of national services responsible under law for the management of the archaeological heritage in the Council of Europe member states. The EAC therefore represents the managers of the historic environment and the associated cultural heritage.

The EAC is dedicated to the exchange of information between its members about standards and best practice related to heritage management. The collective membership of the EAC is well placed to offer advice and guidance about all aspects of heritage management and to develop broad-based strategies for archaeological heritage management on the basis of professional expertise. The EAC functions in an advisory and consultative mode and liaises and develops links in this context with international organisations that have an interest in the methods and goals of heritage management.


 The aims and objectives of the council are:

  • to promote the exchange of information and co-operation between the bodies charged by law with the management of the archaeological heritage of the countries of Europe
  • to provide archaeological heritage management agencies with a forum for discussion and exchange of information
  • to assist working towards common goals and to act as a monitoring and advisory body on all issues relevant to the management of the archaeological heritage in Europe (particularly in relation to the European Union and the Council of Europe)
  • to promote the management, protection, scientific interpretation, publication, presentation, and public enjoyment and understanding of the archaeological heritage in Europe
  • to work together with other bodies which share its aims
  • to watch over, and act for, the well-being of archaeology, in Europe.


Royal Decree