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).

RNDr. Kamila Lencová


  • 2000-2004: Secondary Technical School for Protecting and Creating of the Environment, Veselí nad Lužnicí
  • 2004-2007: University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Biological SciencesBachelor study: Ecosystem biology –  Environmental Management
  • 2007-2010 University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Biological SciencesMaster studies: Ecosystem biology – Applied Ecology and Botany – Vegetation Ecology
  • Diploma thesis: Succession on abandonment fields: Landscape and detail view
  • Rigorous thesis: Restoration of hay meadows on ex arable land: commercial seedmixtures vs.spontaneous succesion


  • 2009-2011: Šumava National Park – Research and Conservation Division (forest-free area, vegetation ecology, botany, invasive species, agriculture in Šumava NP, conservation, environmental education)
  • 2012 - now : University of South Bohemia , Faculty of Science, Department of Botany, Restoration Ecology Group


  • P504-10-0501 Spontaneous and assisted processes in dry grasslands restored on arable land
  • PAPAVER Centre for human and plant studies in Europe and Northern Africa in the postglacial period

I’m interested in vegetation ecology and nature conservation since my secondaryschool and this theme has become one of the most important things of my life. After studying I had been worked in Šumava National Park for two years a then a came back to University of South Bohemia, to Restoration Ecology  working group(leader is Karel Prach) at Department of Botany. Fields of our interest are man-made habitats, more or less changed or disturbed, e.g. dumps, sand pits, quarries, abandoned fields, extracted peatlands, etc.. In project Papaver we mainly focused on finding current relations diversity of flora and vegetation in a broader geographical context. We are giving a special attention to alien species, mainly archaeophytes and neophytes as a result of contemporary environmental and social changes.

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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