Incipit is a research institute of CSIC. As opposed to research institutes organised around a discipline, Incipit is oriented towards research on a common problem, cultural heritage, independently of the disciplines or methodological approaches that are employed at any time. Incipit hosts specialists from many fields, such as anthropologists, archaeologists, architects, astrophysicists, educators, historians, linguists, philosophers, or software engineers.
The common problem tackled by Incipit is that of cultural heritage and, more specifically, the value chain of heritage and heritage formation (how heritage becomes heritage). This is approached from a wide range of perspectives, from the most basic and theoretical to the very applied and product-oriented. Incipit carries out work in many countries beyond Galicia and Spain, especially in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa
Being an institute of CSIC, Incipit not only carries out research but also develops education activities, dissemination, and specialised services. CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) is the largest public research organisation in Spain.