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About the Laboratory

Laboratory of Archaeobotany and Palaeoecology (LAPE) is specialized research body of the university founded in September 2002 at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia as part of the Department of Botany.

Research activity of laboratory members is targeted at the area of bioarchaeology and palaeoecology, namely archaeobotany, archaeozoology, but also other specializations dealing with interaction between humans and environment in history. Bachelor, magister and doctor theses namely in botany, zoology and environmental archaeology are developed within the laboratory. In the case of environmental archaeology, laboratory closely collaborates with the Institute of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy. LAPE comprises research in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. LAPE also offers services for other research bodies. Besides consultancy concerning natural sciences in archaeology LAPE provides analytical work in several areas of bioarchaeology. LAPE co-edits the international journal Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica, Natural Sciences in Archaeology (IANSA).

Diatom analysis

Seed-lips (previously known as diatoms) are a very distinct and widespread group of brown algoid, which live in aquatic enviroments. A number of archaeological features (ditches, water-supply facilities, wells) contain sediments which can be analysed to ascertain the original character of the aquatic enviroment. This is a distinct help towards discovering the function of a feature. The article by J.Beneš and J.Kaštovský in the magazine Archeologické rozhledy 50 (1998), volume 4 is a useful introduction to the archaeological applications of this new method.

Where to find us?

Laboratory of Archaeobotany and Palaeoecology

  • Department of Botany
  • Faculty of Sciences,
  • University of South Bohemia
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  • Na Zlaté stoce 3
  • 370 05 České Budějovice

 

Contact

+420 38 903 6306
+420 38 903 6308

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