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Sommer Petr

Prof., PhDr., CSc., DSc.
Born 30 November 1949 in Rakovník

  • Archaeology, history
  • Member of Learned Society since 2015

Studies and professional preparation

  • 1968-1973 Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Charles University (FFUK) in Prague, prehistory-history
  • 1977 PhDr., FFUK in Prague
  • 1983 Defence of his Candidate of Science dissertation work (CSc.), FFUK in Prague, Theme: The material culture of the Bohemian order houses founded until 1306.
  • 2001 Habilitation (process to become an Assoc. Prof.), Scientific Council of FFUK in Prague. Theme of the work: The spiritual culture of early medieval Bohemia
  • 2007 Appointment as a professor for the field of art history, Charles University in Prague
  • 2009 Granting of the degree “Doctor of Sciences”, Scientific Council of the CAS. Theme: Saint Procopius: From the beginnings of the Bohemian state and church.


  • 1972-1975 East Bohemian Museum in Pardubice
  • 1975 Museum of the Capital City of Prague
  • 1976- Institute of Archaeology of the CAS in Prague, v.v.i.
  • 1998- Institute of Philosophy of the CAS Prague, v.v.i./Centre of Medieval Studies of the CAS and CU in Prague

Membership and functions in domestic scientific bodies

  • SC of the Pedagogical Faculty in Prague
  • SC of CU in Prague
  • SC of the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS Prague, v.v.i., president
  • Supervisory Council of the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS Brno, v.v.i., president
  • Permanent Working Group of the Accreditation Commission of the MEYS of the CR – History.
  • Gremium for Granting Scientific Degrees of the CAS
  • Scientific Council for Monument Care MC of the CR
  • Learned Society of the CR

Membership and functions in foreign scientific bodies

  • Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, corresponding member
  • Geistewissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas e. V. in Leipzig, member of the editorial council
  • Commission of the History of Architecture ICOMOS (Wroclaw)
  • Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG) - Katholische Universität Eichstätt (Member of SC)
  • Europäisches Romanik-Zentrum Halle, member of the international council
  • Member of the advisory board of the project Monastic Wales (University of Lampeter)

Significant awards

  • 2001 Honorary citizenship of the town of Sázava
  • 2003 Award of the CAS for best scientific result of 2002
  • 2008 Annual award of the publishing house Vyšehrad for original work
  • 2010 Award of the Rector of CU for the best publication of 2009 in the area of the social sciences
  • 2010 Award of the CAS for scientific result
  • 2010 Annual award of the Czech Literary Funds Foundation
  • 2013 Award of the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports for exceptional results of research, experimental development and innovation for 2013
  • 2014 Honorary field medal of František Palacký for merit in the historical sciences
  • 2015 Membership in the Learned Society

Selection of the publications:

  1. Začátky křesťanství v Čechách. Kapitoly z dějin raně středověké duchovní kultury [The Beginnings of Christianity in Bohemia: Chapters from the history of early medieval spiritual culture], Praha 2001, 174 p., il., phot., edice Historica.
  2. Svatý Prokop. Z počátků českého státu a církve [Saint Procopius: From the beginnings of the Bohemian state and church], Praha 2007, Velké postavy českých dějin 6.
  3. The Churches of the Sedlčany Region, Sedlčany-Praha 2011 (ed. Martin Stecker)
  4. Sázavský klášter [Sázava Monastery], Praha 2013 (with Jan Royt and Martin Stecker)
Collective monographs
  1. České země v raném středověku [The Czech Lands in the Early Middle Ages], Praha 2006.
  2. Svatý Prokop, Čechy a střední Evropa [Saint Procopius, Bohemia and Central Europe], Praha 2006.
  3. Arts and Crafts in medieval Rural Environment. L‘artisant rural dans le monde medieval. Handwerk im mittelalterlichen ländlichen Raum, Turnhout 2007, Ruralia. 6. (et Jan Klápště).
  4. Odorik z Pordenone: z Benátek do Pekingu a zpět. Setkávání na cestách Starého světa ve 13.–14. století.= Odoric of Pordenone: From Venice to Peking and Back. Meetings on the Roads of the Old World in the 13th–14th Centuries, Sborník příspěvků z mezinárodní konference Plzeň, 13.–14. listopadu 2006. = Proceedings of the International Conference Pilsen, 13th to 14th November 2006, Praha 2008, Colloquia mediaevalia Pragensia 10 (ed V. Liščák).
  5. Přemyslovci. Budování českého státu [The Přemyslids: Building the Bohemian State], Praha 2009. Resume in English (edd. Dušan Třeštík, Josef Žemlička, cooperation Pavlína Mašková, Robert Novotný).
  6. Vladislav II. Druhý král Přemyslova rodu. K 850. výročí jeho korunovace [Vladislaus II, the Second King of the Přemyslid Dynasty: On the 850th anniversary of his coronation], Praha 2009 (edd. Michal Mašek, Josef Žemlička et al.).
  7. Jeden den ve středověku [One Day in the Middle Ages], edd. Martin Nodl, Petr Sommer, Praha 2014.
  8. Otevři zahradu rajskou. Benediktini v srdci Evropy 800-1300 [Open the Gates of Paradise: The Benedictines in the Heart of Europe 800–1300], ed. Dušan Foltýn, Jan Klípa, Pavlína Mašková, Petr Sommer, Vít Vlnas, Praha 2014.

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