CeRAP studies Pre-Hispanic America from the start of the second milenium BC to the 16th centruy, which marked the beginnings of contact with the Old World and Spanish Colonialism.
The research activities of the Center are disseminated through teaching at both the EHESS and at Paris-Sorbonne University in Paris (France); at the National School of Anthopology and History (ENAH) in Mexico; in Peru; and, at La Catolica in Lima.
Inter-institutional agreements and exchanges mean that French students can undertake part of their course of study in Mexico or Peru.
The resulting Masters qualification is validated by both institutions at which the student has studied. Co-tutelle PhD students receive a double PhD diploma (in other words, a PhD certificate is issued by both of the participating institutions).
In terms of archeological research, the Center organises two archeological digs: one in Peru at Animas Altas, Ica; the other in Merxico at Monte Alban, Oaxaca. These are funded by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs. CeRAP can also provides access to the archeological sites of its partners (El Tajin, Pachacamac, San José de Moro).