Since 1 October 2014, Grand Patrimoine de Loire-Atlantique has its very own archaeology department.
To date, the Archaeology Department’s activities focus primarily on research and cultural activities. The unit also plays a project management role on various archaeological projects. As of early 2016, the unit will hold the required license allowing it to work in the field of preventive archaeology.
The Archaeology Department has launched a 3D photogrammetric research programme with the Arc'Antique Laboratory, focusing on the digitization of lapidary archaeological remains. This programme will also digitize objects from the Musée Dobrée’s collections, along with the use of epigraphic surveys and digital anastylosis.