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Klápště Jan

Assoc. Prof., PhDr., CSc.
Born October 22, 1949

  • Mediaeval archaeology
  • Member of Learned Society since 2003

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1967-1972, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University, prehistory-history

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1971, student, Archaeological Institute, CSAS;
  • 1972-1984, participation in archaeological research in city of Most and in study of mediaeval settlements in the Most region;
  • 1992, launched systematic work, Institute of Ancient and Early History, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University.

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Ruralia, the Jean-Marie Pesez conferences on mediaeval rural archaeology
  • Editor, conferences proceedings

Notable awards:

  • 1997 Award, Learned Society CR

Selected publications:

  • Klápště J.: Memory recorded within the landscape of the medieval Most region.
    Most 1994
  • Transformation. La transformation médiévale et ses conditions préalables, Památky archeologické - Supplementum 2, pp. 9-59, 1994
  • Das mittelalterliche Most und das Moster Land: die Stadt und ihre Region, in: Život v archeologii středověku (Life in mediaeval archeology), Prague, pp. 327-341, 1997
  • Die Anfänge der jüngeren mittelalterlichen Keramik in Böhmen als kultur-historisches Problem, Archeologické rozhledy 50, pp. 138-158, 1998
  • Les outils de la préparation du sol au Moyen Age (à propos des fouilles archéologiques tchèques), In: Le village médiéval et son environnement. Études offertes à Jean-Marie Pesez, Paris (Publications de la Sorbonne), pp. 359-365, 1998
  • Ein Beitrag zur archäologischen Erforschung der Rolle der Münzen im Přemyslidischen Böhmen, Archeologické rozhledy 51, 774-808, 1999
  • The archaeology of a medieval house (No. 226) in Most (editor), Mediaevalia archaeologica 4, Prague – Most, 2002
  • Mittelalterarchäologie der “interethnischen Beziehungen“ oder die Fragenzeichen herum eines Themas, Archaeologia historica 28, pp. 9-17, 2003

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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.