Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Obituary - Renowned archaeologist Zvelebil dies (Marek Zvelebil)

Prague, July 11 (CTK) - Renowned Czech archaeologist Marek Zvelebil, who lectured and worked in England and the United States, unexpectedly died on Thursday at the age of 59, Martin Kuna, from the Czech Archaeology Institute, said yesterday.

Kuna said Zvelebil mainly focused on hunter-gatherer societies both past and present.

He also dealt with landscape archaeology, relations between linguistics, genetics and cultural identity, and the origins of farming societies in Europe.

Zvelebil left Czechoslovakia in 1969, following the country's occupation by the Soviet military. He graduated from the University of Sheffield, majoring in archaeology, and received his doctor's degree at Cambridge.

From 1999, he was a professor of the Sheffield university. He taught also at the University of South Carolina, Boston University and at the University of California at Berkeley.

He undertook fieldwork in the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland and Scotland.

After the fall of the Czechoslovak communist regime in 1989, he began to cooperate with the Archaeology Institute in Prague. He initiated a number of British-Czech projects, for example an analysis of findings from the Vedrovice neolithic burial site in southern Moravia.

Zvelebil has written and edited more than a hundred of books and studies.

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