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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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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.