Under the terms of an agreement with the Ministry for the Interior, between 2000 and 2008, the excavation team was provided with premises within the Saint-Malo Rocabey National Police Academy. Each year, despite a hectic schedule and limited staffing, the Academy accommodated the team with boundless good will. By making its large-scale workspaces available, it played a crucial role in the success of the Natière archaeological operation. In addition, the Saint-Malo bureau of the Département Infrastructure Office provided invaluable assistance, including the placement of buoys, moorings for the excavation support vessels, bathymetric and cartographic studies of the zone, and hoisting and moving heavy artefacts from the wrecks. Over the years, the ties with local partners blossomed into warm and friendly relationships, marked with mutual respect and conviviality. Foremost among these was the Saint-Malo harbourmaster's office, whose kindly support regularly made the team's ocean-going life much easier. We would also like to thank the staff of various government offices – among them Pierre Batalla, Eric Mancey (National Police Academy), Christian Fauvel, Erwan Frogé, the divers and staff of La Traversaine (Phares et Balises) and Bruno Lassus (harbourmaster).
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