Archaeolgical Information System
of the Czech Republic

The Archaeological Information System of the Czech Republic (AIS CR) is a tool designed to integrate digital resources on Czech archaeology. Its main aim is to apply the information system of the Archaeological Map of the Czech Republic (AMCR) in practice, to enhance it and to link it to other data sources. The processing of databases for the territories of Moravia and Czech Silesia and their unification with already available databases from the territory of Bohemia plays a key part.

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About the AIS CR infrastructure

The AIS CR is included in the Roadmap of Large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovation of the Czech Republic and financially supported by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The project is managed by the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS in Brno, in cooperation with the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS in Prague. The main tasks of the AIS CR infrastructure are:

⦿ gradual unification of the information systems on archaeological excavations, finds and sites on the territory of the CR and making them available through web interfaces and API services in view of effective data sharing;
⦿ expansion of the data sources and completion of the authority records on archaeological fieldwork and sites;
⦿ to build a new digital archive of archaeological fieldwork records;
⦿ standardization and rising the interoperability of archaeological data, which will allow for cooperation on the international level;
⦿ to support the integration of the system into the scientific practice of the Czech archaeological community;
⦿ cultivation of the national and cultural identity by making available of information on archaeological heritage in the CR.

Research team in Brno (IAB):
Mgr. Olga Lečbychová (project manager), Mgr. Zdenka Kosarová (deputy project manager), Mgr. Soňa Krásná (administrator), Veronika Řihánková, DiS. (main archivist - on maternity leave), Kristýna Suchánková, DiS. (main archivist - maternity cover), Ing. Lenka Zahradníková (main archivist), Mgr. Irena Ženožičková (research assistant), Mgr. Jiří Pejchal (research assistant), Mgr. Michal Hlavica (data manager)

Research team in Prague (IAP):
PhDr. Martin Kuna, CSc., DSc. (coordinator), Mgr. David Novák (infrastructure manager), Ing. Dana Křivánková (database specialist), Mgr. Ondřej Švejcar, Ph.D. (archaeologist), Mgr. Tomáš Krofta (research assistant), PhDr. Ivana Boháčová, Ph.D. (coordinator of the MADP), Mgr. Jan Hasil, Ph.D. (database manager of the MADP)


Our projects

The AIS CR creates, operates and develops following applications and databases:

Archaeological Map of the CR (AMCR)

The AMCR unites the basic archaeological infrastructure of the CR and offers tools to register fieldwork projects, collect metadata on fieldwork and their results, serves as a repository of secondary documentation and provides data for public use.

Digital archive of the AMCR

Digital archive is a web application used for browsing digtal documents stored in the AMCR. Its interface is fully connected to the AMCR and makes available all the archived documents including supplementary description and spatial data. Digital archive includes English thesauri.

Archaeological Atlas of the CR

The Archaeological Atlas is an accompanying service of a publication of the same name; it expands its contents in a virtual environment and presents archaeological monuments in the landscape in a popular way to the general public.

Prague: The City of Archaeology (MADP)

A web portal with the task to provide access to archaeological sources from Prague for professionals and the public; the website enables to visit the underground of Prague and to follow in the footsteps of Prague’s history.

Archaeology Online

A gateway presenting digital information sources related to the study of the past of Czech landscape and archaeology. Its aim is to offer links to data often difficult to access, provides orientation in existing infrastructures, record-keeping systems, tools and web portals.

Archaeological Database of Bohemia

A retrospective database of archaeological fieldwork for the territory of Bohemia, containing more than 100,000 entries, built since the beginning of the 1990s and operated offline. In 2017 a revised version will be integrated in the Archaeological Map of the CR.

Digital Archive of the IAP

The database created after the flood of 2002. It allows access to digital copies of documents stored in the Archive of the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS in Prague. Currently a new version is being prepared, which will be fully integrated in the Archaeological Map of the CR.

Library of the IAP

The library provides literature on archaeology and related disciplines. The collection contains basic Central and Western European scholarly publications. The library catalogue and a vast bibliographic database on Czech, Moravian and Silesian archaeology are using the ALEPH system.

Library of the IAB

The library collection focuses on the needs of the research conducted by the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS in Brno. Currently more than 44,000 books are contained. Since 1999 the records have been kept in the ALEPH system. Entries on older titles are now being revised as part of the AIS CR project.