Institute for Classical Archaeology
Major Research Areas
The Institute for Classical Archaeology conducts research into the material culture and art of
ancient civilizations, particularly Ancient Greece and Rome. Members of our Institute are
primarily interested in exploring and evaluating the development and expansion of ancient
culture in the Mediterranean, Central and Western Europe, and the Near East and Central
Asia. Other topics on our research agenda include archaeology of Roman provinces with a
focus on Central and Western Europe, while our cooperation with the Czech Institute of
Egyptology revolves around research into late Roman settlement in the Western (Libyan)
Desert – the el-Hayez Oasis. Cooperation with the Institute of Archaeology at the Academy of
Sciences of Uzbekistan in Samarkand brought us to the locality of Jandavlattepa, and the
Termez State University is our partner in prospecting the Sherabad Oasis in Southern
Chronologically, our research spans from the formation of Mediterranean cultures in the
Bronze Age (Minoan Crete, Mycenaean Greece), the early Iron Age (Sub-Mycenaean period,
Geometric Greece) until the formation of Classical Greece (archaic, classical and Hellenic
periods), Italy (Etruscans) and the Roman Empire.
The Institute for Classical Archaeology runs two institutions based outside Prague: Gallery of
Graeco-Roman Art in Hostinné, and Museum of Ancient Sculpture and Architecture in
Litomyšl (relocation to Ústí nad Labem is scheduled for 2011), both storing and displaying
the Charles University collection containing plaster casts of ancient sculptures.
Members of the Institute for Classical Archaeology are involved in a broad research plan,
Czech History in the European Context: Past and Present, aspiring to provide a universal
understanding of Czech history and the status of the Czech Lands from a broader perspective
of late prehistory and early history.
Major projects involve those conducted in cooperation with the Bulgarian Academy of
Sciences, exploring Thracian, Celtic and Greek settlements in the Balkans in the second
half of the First Millenium BC. In 2002-2006, research activities took our team to Southern
Uzbekistan (Jandavlattepa), and cooperation was established with the Institute of Archaeology
at the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. In 2008 our team began archeological prospection
in the entire Sherabad Oasis, in partnership with the Termez State University. Our cooperation
with the Czech Institute of Egyptology, started in 2004, has focused on research of the
Western Desert of Egypt.
In recent years, the Institute has conducted several projects on ancient traditions in Czech and
Central European art, especially in partnership with the University of Vienna. The National
Museum in Prague is our partner in exploring Czech collections of ancient artefacts.
Major Publication Projects
The Institute for Classical Archaeology publishes the journal Studia Hercynia; fifteen
volumes have appeared so far. The journal is devoted to classical archaeology and ancient
Another major publication, Pistiros I-IV, contains excavation reports and studies explaining
our research project in Pistiros.
Eirene, Studia Graeca et Latina is a joint publishing project with the Academy of Sciences,
featuring several monographs (Beirut, Pistiros). The project Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum
has so far resulted in four volumes devoted to ancient vases in Czech collections. Other joint
publications with the Institute include Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani, whose first
volume was published in 2000 and devoted to Roman sculptures in Czech collections, and the
Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae project (entries, fiches, editorial office in
Basel). Both these projects are conducted under the auspices of UNESCO.
National and International Partner Institutions
Our major international partners include the Institute of Archaeology of the Bulgarian
Academy of Sciences and the University of Liverpool, both co-operating with our Institute
in a joint research project of the Pistiros Emporium in Bulgaria. Our projects in Uzbekistan
are conducted in partnership with the Institute of Archaeology at the Academy of Sciences
of Uzbekistan in Samarkand and the Termez State University. Another key partner is the
University of Vienna (Institute for Classical Archaeology); our co-operation involves
research in ancient art traditions and has resulted in several conferences and published
proceedings. Locally, we have developed a close partnership with the National Museum in
Prague in post-excavation work and exhibitions. Our long-established partnership with the
Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic revolves
around excavation projects (Uzbekistan, Egypt).
Major Conferences and Events
In partnership with the University of Vienna and with support from the AKTION Programme,
our Institute has so far held three conferences on ancient traditions in Central European art.
The Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris has been our partner in organizing five
conferences titled Les Celtes en Europe centrale et la Méditerranée (the Barrande
Furthermore, the Institute is one of the organizers of an annual event bringing together
Czech and Slovak scholars in classical archaeology.
In 2004, we organized the Third International Black Sea Studies Congress, receiving
approximately 150 participants.