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Vencl Slavomil

Assoc. Prof., PhDr., DrSc.
Born October 18, 1936 in Dlouhá Třebová, † 2019 

  • Archaeology, Stone Age
  • Member of Learned Society since 1998

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1954, graduate, eleven-year secondary school, Česká Třebová;
  • 1954-1959, student of archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University (FP CU) in Prague;
  • 1968, PhDr. and CSc.; 1994, Associate Professor in archaeology, FP CU;
  • 1997, DrSc.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1959, Department of Prehistory, National Museum, Prague;
  • 1959-present, Institute of Archaeology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (CSAS) (later Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, AS CR), Prague;
  • 1980-2001, lectures, FP CU;
  • 1998-2001, lectures, University of West Bohemia (UWB), Plzeň.

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies:

  • 1968-1970, editor, Výzkumy v Čechách (Research in Bohemia)
  • 1974-1985, editor, Archeologické rozhledy (Archaeological Survey)
  • 1999-2001, member, Scientific Council, UWB

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • 1998, Member, International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP) “The Final Palaeolithic Commission”

Selected publications:

  • S. Vencl, K. Valoch: Die paläol. und mesol. Besiedlung des Hűgels Ládví in Prag 8-Ďáblice. Památky archeol. 92, 5-73, 2001
  • Souvislosti chápání pojmu „nálezový celek“ v české archeologii (Connotations of understanding of the concept „find unit“ in Czech archaeology). Archeologické rozhledy 52, 592-614, 2001
  • Stone Age Warfare. In: Ancient Warfare. (J. Carman - A. Harding, Eds.) Sutton Publ. 1999, 57-72
  • S. Vencl, O. Fejfar, M. Malkovský, E. Neustupný: Hostim. Magdalenian in Bohemia. Prague 1995
  • The Archeology of Thirst. Journal of European Archaeology 2/2, 299-326, 1994
  • The role of hunting-gathering populations in the transition to farming: a Cen-tral-European perspective. In: Hunters in transition (Zvelebil M., Ed.). Cambridge 1986, pp. 43-51.
  • Otázky poznání vojenství v archeologii (Warfare in archeology). ASM 14, Prague 1984
  • Buchvaldek M., S. Vencl, Eds.: Přehled pravěku světa (Survey of world prehistory) I-II. Prague 1976.
  • Das Spätpaläolithikum in Böhmen. Antropologie 8/1, s. 3-68, Brno 1970
  • Kamenné nástroje prvních zemědělců ve střední Evropě (Stone implements of the first farmers in Central Europe). Sborník Národního muzea v Praze (Proceedings of the National Museum in Prague) 14A, No. 1-2, 1960

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