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Smetánka Zdeněk

Assoc. Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born October 21, 1931, † 2017

  • Mediaeval archaeology
  • Member of Learned Society since 1995

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1950-1955, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University (FP CU), Prague (history of art and prehistory);
  • 1956-1960, post-graduate study;
  • 1961, CSc.; 1967, PhDr.;
  • 1992, Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy CU.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1954-1993, Institute of Archaeology CSAS, Prague;
  • 1972-1990, Head, Department of Mediaeval Archaeology, CSAS;
  • 1963-1993, external lecturer of mediaeval archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy (FP) CU;
  • 1993-2002, FP CU, Head, Seminar for Mediaeval Archaeology; Emeritus worker, Institute for Prehistory and Early History, FP CU;
  • cooperation with Institute of Archaeology, AS CR, Prague, in archaeological research on Prague Castle

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Corresponding Member, Mediaeval Settlement Research Group, Great Britain
  • Vice-president for Central and Eastern Europe, International Association for the Archaeology of Medieval Villages and the Rural Milieu (RURALIA), Great Britain-Belgium
  • Honorary Member, Society of Antiquaries of London

Selected publications:

  • Soubor studií o českých gotických kachlích (A collection of studies of Czech gothic tiles), In: Památky archeologické 58, 499-543, 1967 (with O. Topolová); ibid. 59, 543-578, 1968; ibid. 60, 228-265, 1969
  • Život středověké vesnice (Life in Mediaeval Village). Praha 1988
  • Archeologické etudy (Archaeological Etudes), Prague 2003
  • J. Frolík, Z. Smetánka: Archeologie na Pražském hradě (Archaeology at Prague Castle), Prague-Litomyšl, 1997
  • Úplná bibliografie (Complete bibliography): Archeologické rozhledy 43, 1991, 615-623; ibid. 54, 2002, 935-937

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.