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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).

Head of paleoecology group

Mgr. Petra Houfková

2003 – 2006

Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of South Bohemia, BSc. programme: General Biology Bsc. Thesis (research project):HOUFKOVÁ, P. (2006): Functional analysis of methyltransferases from Trypanosoma brucei,BSc. thesis. University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Biological Sciences, České Budějovice,
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2006-2009

Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia MSc. programme: Experimental biology MSc. Thesis (research project):HOUFKOVÁ, P. (2009): Identification of interacting partners of Discs overgrown in vivo, MSc.thesis. University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, České Budějovice, 59 pp.

since 2009

Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia PhD. programme: Botany, specialization in Archaeobotany and PalaeoecologyPhD. Thesis: The use of pollen analysis in palaeoreconstruction and archaeological contexts

since 2010

 Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia

Research interests

Specialization on pollen, non-pollen palynomorphs and microcharcoal analysis used inpalaeocological reconstructions with reference to archaeological context- topics concerning areas of North Bohemia (Krušné Mts., Podkrušnohorská basin), Hornomoravský úval region and South Bohemia (Písecké Mts., Šumava Foothills and South Bohemian basin)- topics concerning samples from archaeological contexts from medieval Prague and originating from bronze artifacts.

Projects and grant cooperation

  • 2005 SGA2005/001 (solver)
  • 2006 SGA2006/005 (co-solver)
  • 2007 SGA2007/007 (solver)
  • 2008 SGA2008/006 (solver)
  • 2009-2012 GAČR206/09/1564 - A multi-proxy paleoecological investigation of the unique sediments from the former Komořanské jezero Lake, Most Basin, Czech Republic
  • since 2012 Development of historical pluzina landscape with agrarian terraces in the light of an interdisciplinary approach, Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze
  • 2013-2015 GAČR13-11193S Holocene environmental dynamics in the Hornomoravský úval region: Key processes inducing the formation of recent landscape mosaic
  • 2013-2015 PAPAVER - Centre for human and plant studies in Europe and Northern Africa inthe postglacial period
  • 2016 - maternity leave
  • since 2013 GAČR13-08169S Prior to the Neolithic: Contextual Analysis of Environmental Dynamics During Early Postglacial Transformation of Central Europe

Work Abroad

  • October 2012  one-month research stay at the Newcastle University, Great Britainat the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology (financed by GAČR206/09/1564)

Publications

  • Houfková, P., Bešta, T., Bernardová, A., Vondrák, D., Pokorný, P., Novák, J. (2017) Holocene climatic events linked to environmental changes at Lake Komořany Basin, Czech Republic, Holocene, DOI: 10.1177/0959683616683250.
  • Novák, J., Abraham, V., Houfková, P., Kočár, P., Vaněček, Z., Peška, J. (2017) History of the Litovelské Pomoraví woodland (NE Czech Republic): A comparison of archaeo-anthracological, pedoanthracological, and pollen data, Quaternary International, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2016.11.020.
  • Novák, J., Abraham, V., Kočár, P., Petr, L., Kočárová, R., Nováková, K., Houfková, P., Jankovská, V. & Vaněček, Z. (2017) Middle- and upper Holocene woodland history in central Moravia (Czech Republic) reveals biases of pollen and anthracological analysis, Holocene 27: 349-360.
  • Hošek, J., Prach, J., Šída, P., Houfková, P., Vondrák, D., Lisá, L., Pokorný, P., Chvojka, O., Dohnal, J. (2016) Sedimentární vývoj pozdně glaciálních jezer u Veselí nad Lužnicí. Geoscience Research Reports 49: 157-164.
  • Chvojka, J., John, J., Thomováí, Z., Bezděk, A., Bumerl , J., Dudáček, K., Houfková, P., Kovačiková, L., Kovář, D., Šálková, T. (2016) Bošilecký poklad. České Budějovice : Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích, 175 pp. ISBN 978-80-7394-574-9.
  • Houfková, P., Bumerl, J., Pospíšil, L., Karlík, P., Beneš, J., Bernardová, A., Hrabalíková, M., Janečková Molnárová, K., Hejcman, M. (2015) Origin and development of long-strip field patterns: A case study of an abandoned medieval village in the Czech Republic. Catena, 135: 83-91.
  • Čapek, L., Chvojka, O., Kodýdková, K., Beneš, J., Houfková, P., Myšková, E. (2015) Středověká odpadní jímka domu čp. 7 v Krajinské ulici v Českých Budějovicích ve výsledcích rozboru artefaktů a environmentálních analýz, Archeologické výzkumy v jižních Čechách 28: 227-252.
  • Hlásek, D., Houfková, P., John, J., Novák J., Šálková T. (2015) Všemyslice – Kozí vrch. Nové poznatky o hradišti z počátku střední doby bronzové, výsledky multidisciplinárního výzkumu. Archeologie západních Čech 9: 96-121.
  • Hlásek, D., Chvojka, O., Šálková, T., Fröhlich, J., Houfková, P., Kovačiková, L., Majer, A., Menšík, P., Michálek, J., Netolický, P., Novák, J., Pavelka, J., Petřík, J., Sosna, D. (2015) Vrcovice. Hradiště z počátku střední doby bronzové. Archeologické výzkumy v jižních Čechách. Supplementum 10. České Budějovice.
  • Šálková, T., Houfková, P., Jiřík, J., Kovačiková, L., Novák, J., Pták, M., Bešta, T., Čejková, A., Myšková, E. (2015) Economy and Environment of a Medieval Town Reflected in Wells Backfill in Písek, Bakaláře Square (South Bohemia, Czech Republic). Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica, Natural Sciences in Archaeology 4: 63-82.
  • Šálková, T., Bezděk, A., Březinová, H., Farkašová, K., Houfková, P., Chvojka, O., John, J., Koník, P., Kovačiková, L., Michálek, J., Novák, J., Pavelka, J., Šuláková, H., Bešta, T., Myšková, E., Weiter, L., Zronek, P. (2015) Bioarchaeological reconstruction of the funeral rite – case study based on organic material from the Hallstatt Period tumulus at the site Zahrádka (South Bohemia, Czech Republic). Památky archeologické 106: 95-135.
  • Vondrák, D., Prach, J., Houfková, P. (2015): Sediments of postglacial lakes in the Czech Republic – unique natural archives overlooked by (Czech) limnology. In: Rádková, V., Bojková, J. (eds.): XVII. konference České limnologické společnosti a Slovenskej limnologickej spoločnosti „Voda – věc veřejná“ - Sborník příspěvků. Mikulov 29.6.-3.7.2015, ČLS a Masarykova univerzita v Brně, Brno, 162-167. [in Czech with English abstract]
  • John, J., Houfková, P. (2014) Laténský depot z Holubova. Archeologické výzkumy v jižních Čechách, 27: 181-192.
  • Hlásek, D., Houfková, P., Kovačiková, L., Majer, A., Novák, J., Pavelka, J., Bešta, T., Šálková, T. (2014) The Use of Environmental Methods for Studying the Fortification, Economic System and Natural Environment of a Hillfort from the Beginning of the Middle Bronze Age at Vrcovice, Czech Republic. Interdisciplinaria archaeologica V.
  • Prostředník J., Hadacz R., Houfková P., Novák J. (2014) Bioarcheologický výzkum skalní dutiny Velbloud v Klokočských skalách. Archeologie ve středních Čechách, 18: 114–145.
  • Pokorná A., Houfková P., Novák J., Bešta T., Kovačiková L., Nováková K., Zavřel J., Starec P. (2014) The Oldest Czech Fishpond Discovered? An Interdisciplinary Approach to Reconstruction of Local Vegetation in Mediaeval Prague Suburbs. Hydrobiologia, 730: 191–213.
  • Zímova K., Pospíšil L., Janovská V., Karlík P., Houfková P., Bumerl J., Molnárová K., Beneš J., Bernardová A. (2013) Analýza vývoje plužiny zaniklé obce Malonín na Prachaticku. Acta Pruhoniciana 104: 27–37.
  • Beneš J., Pták M., Dobisíková M., Hojerová H., Houfková P., Kutílková P., Parkman M., Šálková T., Žďárský E. (2012) Výzkum Hradiště Na Jánu v Netolicích v krajinných, antropologických, genetických a artefaktuálních souvislostech: Zpráva za sezónu 2011. Archeologické výzkumy v jižních Čechách 25.
  • Starec P., Houfková P. & Bernardová A. (2012) Příspěvek k poznání přírodních podmínek Nového Města – výzkum v Panské ulici čp. 1308/II. Staletá Praha 28/2: 102-117.
  • Houfková P., Bernardová A., Nováková K. & Novák J. (2011) Závist by Sepekov: Vegetationdynamics of a fir stand and alder carr during the Late Holocene. In: Chvojka O. et al., Osídlení doby bronzové v povodí říčky Smutné vjižních Čechách, Archeologické výzkumy v jižních Čechách - Supplementum 8. České Budějovice, 328-333 pp. (in Czech)
  • Kosňovská J., Houfková P. & KovářD. (2011) Lannova street, České Budějovice, based on archaeobotanical analyses and historical sources. Archeologické výzkumy vjižních Čechách 24: 263-280. (in Czech)
  • Novák J., Bernardová A., Bešta T., Houfková P. & Jankovská V. (2011) The littoral part of the Komořany Lake from a paleoecological perspective. Severočeskou přírodou, 42: 83-88. (in Czech)

Selected conference contributions

  • Houfková, P., Bernardová A., Novák J., Horák J. (2014) Complex of mountain mires located in the Ore mountains, Central Europe: its origin and development. Culture, Climate and Environment Interactions at Prehistoric Wetland Sites, Bern, Switzerland. (poster)
  • Uhrová K., Houfková P., Beneš J. (2013) Late Glacial vegetation development of the SouthBohemian Basin, Czech Republic. Pollen Monitoring Programme 9th International Meeting,Prague, Czech republic. (poster contribution)
  • Houfková P., Novák J., Bernardová A. (2013) Fire history and vegetation dynamics recorded in sediment of the Komořany lake, Czech republic.56th Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS 2013),Tartu, Estonia.(poster presentation)
  • Houfková P., Pták M., Jiřík J., Kodýdková K., Vaněček Z., Stehlíková E., Baudyšová J., Majer A., Bešta T., Komárková V., Beneš J., Divišová M., Šálková T. (2013) Archeobotanical evidence of human impact within the area of Pisecke mountains,Czech Republic, 6th  Conference of The International Workgroup for Palaeoethnobotany, Thessaloniki, Greece. (poster contribution)
  • Bernardová A., Houfková P., Novák J., Chvojka O. and Nováková K. (2013) Of alder and man. 6th  Conference of The International Workgroup for Palaeoethnobotany, Thessaloniki, Greece. (poster contribution)
  • Houfková P., Bešta T., Bernardová A., Jankovská V., Valentová D., Lisá L. & Novák J. (2012) Multi-proxy paleoecological study of the profile PK-1-C from the former Komořany Lake, Czech Republic. 12th International Palaeolimnology Symposium, Glasgow, Great Britain. (poster presentation)
  • Bešta T., Novák J., Jankovská V., Lisá L., Houfková P. & Bernardová A. (2012) Multi-proxy resarch of the exploited former lake, Lake Komořany, Czech Republic. 12th International Palaeolimnology Symposium, Glasgow, Great Britain.(poster contribution)
  • Jiřík J., Pták M., Šálková T., Houfková P. & Kovačiková L. (2012)Archaeological Excavation at the Bakaláře Square in Písek (South Bohemia): Medieval and Early Modern Water Management. 22. Treffen: Archäologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ostbayern /West- und Südböhmen /Oberösterreich, Attersee – Mondsee, Austria. (oral presentation)
  • Chvojka O., Šálková T., Houfková P., John J., Kovačiková L., Michálek J. & Novák J. (2012)Organic material from the Iron Age tumulus in Zahrádka (South Bohemia).XII. International conference of Urnfield and Hallstatt period, Hriňová. (contribution)
  • Myšková E. & Houfková P., Kočár P., Cymbalak T. & Ditrich O. (2012) Palaeoparasitological findings at an archaeological locality in Prague, Národní třída. 8thConference of Enviromnental Archaeology, Praha. (poster presentation)
  • Houfková P., Pokorná A., Bešta T., Kovačiková L., Nováková K. & Starec P. (2011) The oldest Czech medieval pond, Prague. Environmental Archaeology of Urban Sites, Gdansk,Poland. (poster presentation)

Pedagogical activity

  • since 2012 – Introduction to environmental archaeology (selected lectures)
  • since 2011 – Archaeological field work (selected lectures)
  • 2012 – Field work for biologist (selected lectures)
  • 2011 – Palynology (assistance with selected seminars)
  • since 2013 – co-supervisor of the Bsc. thesis: Human impact recorded by pollen analysis in sediments of Netolicko region
  • since 2011 – May 2012 - supervisor of the Bsc. thesis: Palaeoecological study of a site near the Černiš fish pond (České Budějovice, Czech Republic)

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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