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).

The animals of medieval town. Archaeozoology and stable isotope analysis.

GAČR 18-10003S, 2018-2020

Project focus on connection between animal husbandry practices, including the economic importance of animals and dietary habits of people who lived in bohemian towns in the High Middle Ages (13th-15th century). Project combines archaeozoological analysis with stable isotope analysis, archaeology and history.

Diet of human in the medieval town (13th-15th century), human relationship with animals and some economic characteristics of animal husbandry may be reconstructed through the results of archaeozoological analysis of faunal remains and analysis of stable isotopes (carbon, nitrogen and oxygen). The waste layers excavated by archaeologists in urban areas belong to the important reservoirs of animal remains. Their systematic study and enlargement of data from other archaeozoological assemblages, provide more comprehensive information at different levels (e.g. species diversity, animal distribution). The utility objectives of livestock breeding may be deduced from the slaughtering distributions which, together with data on seasonality and feeding practices allow to clarify animal husbandry strategies and timing of agricultural activities during the year.

Project team members:

  • Lenka Kovačiková
  • Olga Trojánková
  • Petr Meduna
  • Petr Starec
  • Monika Opelková


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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