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).

Identification and preservation of historic field patterns

NAKI II – DG18P02OVV060, duration: 2018–2022

The project for the support of applied research and experimental development of national and cultural identity (NAKI II) deals with the issue of historical pluzina field systems in the Czech Republic. The main solver of this grant is the Czech University of Life Science in Prague.

The aim of the project is to provide information and develop methods for protection of historical pluzina field systems, because they are one of the most valuable but also the most neglected historical cultural elements in the landscape of Czechia.

One of the aims of this project is to provide map data from all the Czech Republic. Vector mapping of all preserved remnants of historical pluzina is carried out throughout all region of the Czech Republic. It is focused on their identification, typing and analysis of relevant attributes (segment size, land-use, …). The basis for the analyses is maps of the stable cadastre, ZABAGED, current orthophotos and digital model of relief (LIDAR). Structures with three or more preserved boundary strips located in open landscape are mapped. The project does not include relicts in forested area due to special methodological approaches.

One part of this project is to obtain detailed archaeological and palaeoecological information, which includes dating and description of the constructional and functional character of the selected hedgerows. The project also includes a reconstruction and recording the dynamics of a vegetation cover development based on pollen analysis in the selected field systems. A total of five pluzina field systems were selected for the project, representing different types of landscapes in the Czech Republic (lowlands, hills and mountains). Selected systems include Malonín in the Šumava Mountains, Valštejn in Nízký Jeseník, Oblík in České Středohoří, Rokštejn in Vysočina region and Debrné in Krkonoše Mountain foothills.


  • Czech University of Life Science, Prague


  • LAPE, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice

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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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