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).

  • Specialisation and projects:

    Environmental archaeology, African studies
  • email:tmajerovicova@gmail.com
  • telephon:+420 389 036 310

Mgr. Tereza Majerovičová

  • 2018–present  Ph.D. student at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. PhD thesis: Ethnoarchaeology of agriculturalist in Southeast Senegal; supervisor: Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Jaromír Beneš, Ph.D., consultant: Prof. RNDr. Pavla Hejcmanová, Ph.D.; Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Ladislav Šmejda, Ph.D.
  • 2015–2018  Master study at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty od Arts, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. MA thesis: The Neolithic Houses in Southern Balkans: their insight, function and social-anthropological meaning; supervisor: Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Jaromír Beneš, Ph.D.
  • 2011–2015  Bachelor study at the Department of History and Archaeology, Faculty od Arts, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. BA thesis: The Neolithic House at the Balkans: genesis and ethnoarchaeology; supervisor: Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Jaromír Beneš, Ph.D

Stays abroad

January–March 2019  Erasmus study stay at the Université de Montpellier,  Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier, supervisor: Dr. Ilham Bentaleb

Research interest

The environmental archaeology and ethnoarchaeology of villages in Africa, the archaeology of the Neolithic sites in Balkans, a genesis of the Neolithic house

Participation in the scientific projects

  • 2019–2020  GA JU (131/2019/H), Ethnoarchaeology of farmers in southeastern Senegal. Abandoned and living villages in the area of the National Park Niokolo-Koba
  • 2016–present  Archeobotanical summer schools: Vrbjanska Cuka (2016–2018), North Macedonia; Ohrid (2019–2020), North Macedonia
  • 2018–2022 NAKI II (DG18P02OVV060) Identification and protection of the pluzina field systems in Czech Republic
  • 2017 Archaeological rescue research Přerov/Předmostí: the Neolithic house research and its archaeobotanical sampling


  • Beneš, J., Naumov, G., Majerovičová, T., Budilová, K., Bumerl, J., Komárková, V., Kovárník, J., Vychronová, M., Juřičková, L. 2018. An Archaeobotanical Onsite Approach to the Neolithic Settlements in Southern Regions of the Balkans: The Case of Vrbjanska Čuka, a Tell Site in Pelagonia, Republic of Macedonia, Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica 9.2., 121–145.DOI: 10.24916/iansa.2018.2.1
  • BENEŠ, J., NAUMOV, G., MAJEROVIČOVÁ, T., BUDILOVÁ, K. a kol., 2018. Onsite Bioarcheological Knowledge of the Neolithic settlements in the Balkans: The case of Vrbjanska Čuka, a tell-site in Pelagonia, Republik of Macedonia. In. A. Florenzano, M.C. Montecchi, R. Rinaldi (eds.) Humans and Environmental sustainability: Lessons from the past ecosystems of Europe and Northern Africa. 14th Conference of Environmental Archaeology, Modena, 91-93.
  • BENEŠ, J., NAUMOV, G., KOMÁRKOVÁ, V., MAJEROVIČOVÁ, T., a kol. 2017. Neolitický tell Vrbjanska Čuka (Makedonie): zpráva o environmentálně archeologickém výzkumu v kontextu krajiny Pelagonie. In: M. Hajnalová, N. Beljak Pažinová, Katarína Šimumková (eds.) Kniha abstraktov 13. Konferencie environmentálnej archeológie. Nitra, 14-15.
  • NAUMOV, G., MITKOSKI, A., MURGOSKI, A., BENEŠ, J., ŽIVALJEVIĆ, I., DIMITRIJEVIĆ, V., VYCHRONOVÁ, M., MAJEROVIČOVÁ, T. 2018. Istražuvanje na lokalitetot Vrbjanska Čuka vo 2017 godina / Research of the Vrbjanska Čuka site in 2017
  • BENEŠ, J. a MAJEROVIČOVÁ, T., 2017. Book review: The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe. Chris Fowler, Jan Harding and Daniela Hofmann (Eds.). Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica 8.2, 169-172.


  • 6/2019 Lecce, Itálie: „18th Conference of the International Workgroup for /alaeoethnogrpahy“: MAJEROVIČOVÁ, T., BENEŠ, J., NOVÁK, J., BUMERL, J., HEJCMANOVÁ, P., MANKA, I., DEME, A. 2019. Sacred trees: a ritual and profane relation between tree and village in Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal (poster).
  • 2/2018 Modena, Itálie: „14th Conference of Environmental Archaeology 2018“
  • 11/2017 Skopje, Makedonie: „ The Neolithic in Macedonia II“
  • 2/2017 Nitra, Slovensko: 13. konferencia environmentálnej archeológie
  • 12/2016 Skopje, Makedonie: „The Neolithic in Macedonia I“

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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