Head of the Institute:
Doc. PhDr. Vratislav Janák, CSc.
Masarykova třída 37
746 01 Opava
Phone: +420 553 684 472,
The Institute of Archaeology, founded in 2009, is the youngest
institute of FPS. Institute of Archaeology used to be one of the
Departments of Institute of Historical Sciences and was founded in 1995
as the third archaeological university institute in Czech Republic. Its
foundation in Opava, in Silesia, was important for the archaeology of
the whole region of Silesia. The Oder region and Polish and Czech
Silesia played an important role both in prehistory and the Middle Ages,
and the study of archaeology right in the heart of the region was
The institute provides undergraduate study programmes, such as
Archaeology, Medieval Archaeology, Archaeology combined with another
discipline (both bachelor and master) and one post-graduate doctoral
programme Archaeology. Compulsory practical training on archaeological
sites in the Czech Republic or Poland is an integral part of the study.
Since the 2007/2008 academic year groups of students have participated
in excavations in Aquileia, Italy, and cooperated with Università degli
Studi di Trieste. The most significant training was held within the
framework of the international Shiant Islands Project in 2007.
The position and the scientific aim of the institute predetermine the
mutual cooperation especially with universities and scientific
institutions in Poland and Slovakia, but also with universities in
Germany or Austria. The institute has cooperated with universities in
Krakow and Wroclaw for many years. Besides the international
cooperation, the institute cooperates with Silesian Municipal Museum,
with other museums in the region as well as with the Institute of
Archaeology of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
The scientific research is focused on archaeology of Silesia, and the
institute participates in many important projects. It organises
international scientific conferences, has its own library and publishes
Acta Archaeologica Opaviensia.