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. Since 2014 LAPE is a separate department of Faculty of Science.

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).


What is an Archaeogenetics?

The goal of archaeology is the study of past human societies and their environments through the systematic recovery and analysis of material or physical remains (Darvill 2003). The goal of genetics is to understand the rules of hereditary transmission in living organisms in that by knowing the characters of the progenitors one can predict the characters of the progeny (Oliveira 2008). Archaeogenetics attempts the reverse direction: inferring the characters of the progenitors from the characters of the descendents (Amorim 2007). Then, the archaeogenetics can be defined as the study of the human past using the techniques of modern molecular genetics (Renfrew and Bahn 2005).

Archaeogenetics in Netolice

Since 2009 the method of archaeogenetic research and sampling strategy is involved in the Early Medieval graveyard of Netolice. Some of burials are sampled in regime of anticontamination. Aim of our investigation is targeted on genetic profiles of buried people in Netolice. Those data will be possible to compare with living local inhabitants in Netolice town and near surroundings. We collected already around 150 sample of those living people under leading of Dr. Emanuel Žďárský. Samples of ancient DNA (aDNA) are now investigated by Veronika Roubová in her doctoral project.

Information about project are here:

Where to find us?

Laboratory of Archaeobotany and Palaeoecology

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



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