Evaluation of the Unit by the HCERES



UMR 8215-Trajectoires is young, having been created in 2012, albeit with the staff and scientific objectives of a team previously belonging to UMR ArScAn. Over the past 5 years, the unit has carved out an enviable position in the European archaeological research landscape. It has developed a specific scientific project that underlines its originality and helps to consolidate its reputation. Numerous high-level publications (e.g. articles in Journal of Archaeological Science, Antiquity, World Archaeology, etc.), a strong integration into the international research network, and an assertive communications policy are just some of our strengths. This success is underpinned by the excellent integration of the unit’s various components and exemplary governance. Particularly noteworthy is the constant concern to involve all members in strategic choices and scientific options, the remarkable involvement of the many INRAP staff in the life of the unit and in the production of knowledge, and the support given to doctoral students. Weak points include staff shortages in certain research support functions, and the small number of researchers and HDR researchers and lecturers. In terms of management, a better balance needs to be struck between funding ongoing initiatives and promoting emerging and innovative projects requiring special support. As far as scientific objectives are concerned, the clarification made in the project must be pursued. A better thematic balance should be sought in the distribution of doctoral grants. Finally, the successful completion of the Condorcet project will remedy the lack of workspace, which is a major handicap for the unit.

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