Contact the director of the archaeological collections

The information above is destined for students and research students of archaeology, as well as directors and managers of museums.


Come and study the archaeological collections

The archaeological collections of the museum are conserved in the archaeological deposit of the Carmes chapel in Lodève. It is a shared reserve. It conserves artefacts found in preventative and programmed digs in the region (state collections), private collections of the Lodève country Archaeology Group (GAL) association and the museum’s collections (over 15,000 artefacts). In collaboration with the Regional Archaeology Service (DRAC-Occitanie), the museum also assures the management of the state collections. We can therefore welcome research students in this reserve, for the study of our own collection but also for the study of the collections belonging to the state. The archaeological reserves have been designed to welcome several research students. We have an office with large tables, a photo laboratory and a computer with access to the internet and to our database.

Procedure to follow:

-contact the director of the collections to define your research project and identify the collections concerned,

-contact the Regional Archaeology Service of the DRAC-Occitanie to ask for the authorisation to study these collections (with the list specified),

-fill in the various forms transmitted by the Regional Archaeology Service (request for a study loan, request for publication of photos, request for authorisation to study from an operations director, etc.),

-recontact the director of the collections to programme your location into the database by sending the filled in and signed forms.

Advice to students: make sure to specify your demand (research question, dissertation title, period concerned, type of artefacts].

Request a loan for an exhibition

To make a request for a loan in order to exhibit artefacts from the museums archaeological collections, please contact the director of the collections and specific: the name of the archaeological site or the period concerned, the number and type of artefacts, the name and dates of the exhibition envisaged, practical information about your institution (name, address, contact details).

Organise an archaeological dig on the territory

Are you an archaeologist with the idea of doing research on the territory of Lodève country and Larzac? Make us a part of your project, we strive to boost the scientific current events in our region. We can also accompany you in setting up (technical advice, requests for grants, the loan of material for digs, storage) and help you to promote your results (restoration projects, mainstream publication, temporary exhibitions).

Submit a collection to the state deposit

You are an archaeologist who has carried out a dig on the territory of Lodève country and Larzac, the archaeological deposit of the Carmes chapel at Lodève aims to welcome and conserve the archaeological artefacts from these digs.

Procedure to follow

-contact the Regional Archaeology Service at the DRAC-Occitanie to officially request the transfer of archaeological artefacts to the State of Lodève deposit,

-gather the documentation from the dig (operation report, artefact list, publications) and fill in the various formulas transmitted by the Regional Archaeology Service,

-contact the director of the archaeological collections to program your venue into the database, specifying the total number of boxes and their dimensions.


Stéphane Fouché, director of the Earth Sciences collection and archaeological collections of the Musée de Lodève, manager of the archaeological deposit at the Carmes chapel.

Tél. +33 4 11 95 02 19 - sfouche {a]

contact us

+33 (0)4 67 88 86 10

Postal address
1 place Francis Morand
34700 Lodève


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