Acquired in 1974 by the State and the City of Lattes, then in 1984 by the General Council of the Hérault, around 10 hectares (25 acres) of land are reserved for archaeological research on the ancient site of Lattara.
MUSEUM AND REGIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL LIBRARY
In 1983, a regional archaeological library (CDAR) and a municipal museum were built on the edge of the site.
The CDAR, property of the Ministry of Culture, performs supplementary functions- fundamental and applied research, training, education, spread and promotion of archaeology- and plays an essential role in the coordination of regional and interregional archaeology.
ONE OF THE BIGGEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL TRAINING AND RESEARCH CENTERS IN SOUTHERN FRANCE
This archaeological complex, which is one of the largest archaeological research centers in southern France, has the unique capacity to bring together experts from diverse institutions under the umbrella of the UMR 5140 (National Scientific Research Center, Ministry of Culture, and University of Paul Valéry in Montpellier). Many archaeology associations also have their headquarters here.
The museum brings together archaeological collections from Lattes and other coastal areas in order to recreate the lives of the Lattarenses. It is also widely known for its temporary exhibits, which are of national and international significance.
The archaeological site Lattara, recognized as a site of national interest, is a place of scientific discovery, exchange, and training that is renowned the world over. In effect, it has been an international school of experiential learning since 1986. For more than 20 years, at least 60 students from numerous countries (Europe, United States, Russia, Cambodia, Algeria) come to complete archaeological internships.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SITE BY LOCAL GOVERNEMENT
In January 2006 the municipal museum was transferred to the Agglomération of Montpellier to inaugurate a new policy of development and conservation, as well as the promotion of local culture.
In 2012, the Agglomération of Montpellier acquired the site, and is invested in a policy of conservation and promotion of these relics, as well as development of the site in order to make it more accessible to the public. Additionally, thanks to grants from the national government, the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, and the Agglomération of Montpellier, the quest to restore archaeological objects is underway, thus assuring the conservation of our national heritage.