After a few months of background work, since June 2020 we have been upgrading the maps on Archaeology Travel, making them much more interactive and useful for the users of our website. Rather than archaeology and history sites and museums pinpointed on a map, our maps now have a search function. You can look for a specific site, or look for a specific of sites and/museums.
You can search this map of France for the archaeological and historical sites and museums you want to visit. Soon, we will be launching a further new feature whereby you can curate your own itineraries from this map. Interested? Then sign up for the newsletter below, in which we keep our readers informed of updates.
We add new points of interest as often as we can. Currently, as of 26 July 2020, the map includes only 132 sites and museums, memorials and other landmarks of historical interest. Check back at least once a day for further additions, as we transfer the locations of 100s of places from our old maps to the new one.
Prehistoric sites (Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age) are marked with red pins on the map, Gallo-Roman (roughly 50 BCE to 486 CE) sites are indicated with green pins, Middle Ages (486 – 1498 CE) with light blue, Early Modern (the Ancien Régime: 1498 – 1789) with pink, Modern (from the French Revolution to the Great War: 1789 – 1914) with purple, 20th Century/Historic with yellow. Museums and theme parks are marked with dark blue pins.
Search the country or choose a department
Your first view of the map below will include all the points of interest (POIs) we have for France on our database at the time of your search. You can narrow this down to see all the POIs in a single department. This can be done by selecting a department in the filter above the top left corner of the map. Simply choose the department in the dropdown list and all the sites and museums and other landmarks we have included on this map will be displayed.
Return the filter to ‘All’ and scroll down to carry out more advanced searches of what is included on this map.
To make a straight-forward location-based search
1. Enter a location’s name. This can be a city or a town name (Dijon, Carnac), or a place name (Lascaux, Guédelon – there is no need to worry about accents: so Guedelon will work as well as Guédelon). Choose a radius, say 1 or 5 kilometres if you are looking for sites and museums within walking distance, 10 kilometres if you are cycling, or 50 kilometres if you have a car. Then click ‘search’. All the POIs in our database, that are within the specified radius of where you searched from will be displayed on the map. This circular search area is shaded and a larger red marker will indicate the centre of your search area as a reference point.
2. If you are in France you can also do a search for all the sites within a defined radius of your location. To do this simply click on the locator icon (at the right hand side of the field with ‘ENTER A LOCATION’), choose a radius as above and then click search. All the sites and museums and other points of interest included on the map within your specified radius will be displayed, as above.
Refine Your search with keywords/by department
Your location based searches can be refined to show a subset of POIs found throughout the country or in one department. For instance, if you are visiting or are in Dijon and you only want to visit Roman sites with a 100 kilometre radius, you would follow the steps above (choosing Dijon as the location, 100 kilometres for the radius) and add the word ‘Roman’ to the keyword field. Leave the category field at ‘All’ (that is the entire country). This will show all the Roman sites in France within a 100 kilometre radius of Dijon. Changing the category to Côte-d’Or (or another department) will only display those Roman sites that are within a 100 kilometre radius and in the Côte-d’Or department (or another department if you chose another).
You can also search for POIs within a selected radius in a chosen department without defining a keyword – if you want to see all the POIs within that radius, within a single department.