Ok, that's fine, but it's not "archiving", it's "completely destroying the issues".
You can run filters for "issue last updated before 1st Jan 2017" and then run through bulk-delete for them, but that's only a thousand at a time. I'd script that from the outside, doing it over REST.
JIRA is not setup to archive issues. If you want to remove issues from your JIRA instance but archive them before doing so I would suggest coming up with a process internal to your organization that meets your needs. For example every quarter we do the following:
This provides us with the following:
We have yet to do a full restore to get the information we need. The PDF documents have been sufficient in answering questions that have come up after the project or issue has been deleted.
Hope this helps.
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