About the Laboratory

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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).

Deputy Head of LAPE

Mgr. Veronika Komárková

  • Since 2018: Deputy Head of LAPE
  • Since 2010     Employed in LAPE, Faculty od Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice as archaeobotanist
  • 2007 – 2010    Maternity leave
  • 1999 – 2004   PhD. Study at Faculty od Sciences, University of South Bohemia (Topic: Invasion of alien white pine (Pinus strobus) in National Park Českosaské Švýcarsko, supervisor V. Hadincová). – unfinished, change of topic
  • 1999 - 2002   Employed as archaeobotanist in the company Archeos2002 – 2007   Employed in LAPE, Faculty od Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, as archaeobotanist
  • 1998 – 1999   Employed at the Institute of Botany, Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Praha
  • 1995 – 1998   Master study study at Faculty od Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Department od Botany (Topic: Colonization of artificially made gaps in selected wet maedows in southern Bohemia, supervisor J. Lepš).
  • 1992-1995   Bachleor study at Faculty od Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Department od Botany (Topic:  Mechanisms of regeneration and their influence on species diversity, supervisor J. Lepš).

Research interest

Analyses of botanical macroremains preferably from the agricultural prehistory and the Middle Ages.  She made large amount of analytical work from plenty of archaeological field actions from Czechia, North Macedonia and Italy. 

Special activity

Building of the LAPE botanical reference collection od seeds.

Abroad activity

  • Since 2016, analytical support of LAPE field research in North Macedonia
  • 2013, Santa Severa, Italy, field research of LAPE
  • 2001 Belize, field research, University of California, Davis, USA

Publications (selected)

  • Kučera, L., Peška, J., Fojtík, P., Barták, P., Kučerová, P., Pavelka, J., Komárková, V., Beneš, J., Polcerová, L., Karlik, M., Bednář, P. 2019: First direct evidence of broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum) in Central Europe. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 10.1007/s12520-019-00798-4
  • 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. 10.24916/iansa.2018.2.1
  • Kučera, L., Peška, J., Fojtík, P., Barták, P., Sokolovská, D., Pavelka, J., Komárková, V., Beneš, J., Polcerová, L.,Kralik, M., Bednář, P. 2018: Determination of Milk Products in Ceramic Vessels of Corded Ware Culture from a Late Eneolithic Burial. Molecules 23(12). 10.3390/molecules23123247
  • Pokorná, A., Kočár, P., Novák, J., Šálková, T., Žáčková, P., Komárková, V., Vaněček, Z., Sádlo, J. 2018: Ancient and Early Medievalman-made habitats in the Czech Republic: conization history and vegetation changes. Preslia 90(3):171-193. 10.23855/preslia.2018.171
  • Beneš, J., Hajnalová, E., Hajnalová, M., Komárková, V. 2018: Archaeobotany of Triticum in prehistory: domestication, spread and speciation. Czech Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding 41(Special Issue):27-27, 10.17221/6128-CJGPB
  • Kodýdková, K., Beneš, J., Komárková, V., Preusz, K. 2013: Pilot archaeobotanical analysis of the sediment the well 112 in Pyrgi, Santa Severa. Archaeologia Maritima Mediterranea 2013(10):181-188
  • Beneš, J., Šálková, T., Vaněček, Z., Komárková, V. 2012: History of Barley (Hordeum vulgare) in Central Europe according to Archaeobotanical Findings  10.18832/kp2012021
  • Bernardová, A., Komárková, V., Prostředník, J., Beneš, J. 2010: Fragmented Barley Grains from the Late Bronze Age Turnov-Maškovy Zahrady Site in North Bohemia. 10.24916/iansa.2010.1-2.4
  • Beneš, J., Šebela, L., Komárková, V. 2007: Hlinsko. Výšinná osada lidu bádenské kultury (11. Paleoekologický charakter osady, Zusammenfassung: Hohensiedlung der Badener Kultur in Hlinsko). Spisy Archeologického ústavu AV ČR Brno

Pedagogical activity

Individual training in botanical macroremain analyses in MA/Msc studies and Ph.D. studies (all students of botany and archaeology).

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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