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Dr Lukas Holata

Honorary Research Fellow

I am an archaeologist with a special focus on medieval and post-medieval rural settlement, its patterns and transformations, especially settlement abandonment (my PhD thesis and current project within the Marie Curie Fellowship, see below). I observe this phenomenon from the broader regional and landscape perspective, as it is necessary for understanding the changing structures of land-use. Therefore, I integrate the broad variety of approaches, methods and techniques to study rural settlement.

I widely apply GIS, LiDAR data and quantitative methods. I try to use progressive methods of field-working (e.g. comparison of excavation and subsurface testing, photogrammetry) and have begun to develop close interdisciplinary cooperation with palaeoenvironmentalists (esp. pollen analyses) and chemists (application of phosphate soil analysis and multi-element analysis) in order to extend the questions connected with rural settlement (peasant subsistence system, settlement forms and patterns, land-use transformations, human vs. environmental interactions). I have worked on these matters as the principal investigator or co-investigator of several research projects.

My experience and skills enable me to apply these methods in very broad perspective and in a wide geographical context – I have realised my research in several areas in the Czech Republic and also participated in three expeditions to north-west Romania and Karrachay-Cherkessia in the Caucasus (Russian Federation). 


See my profile and the list of main publications:ášHolata


Current Marie Curie project (01/2016 – 12/2017):

“People under Pressure: Settlement Abandonment and Human Responses to Environmental and Socio-Economic Stress during the Medieval and Post-Medieval Periods”

The project explores the pan-European phenomenon of settlement desertion and shrinkage, which occurred especially during the 14th and 17th centuries. The project aims to explore how rural communities and the settlements they lived in responded to socio-economic and environmental stress. The specific objectives are: (a) to determine the processes of settlement shrinkage and abandonment across England; (b) to contextualise changes in settlement patterns within wider transformations of land-use within distinct regions in the longue durée perspective; (c) to explore the cultural and environmental context of settlement evolution (and extinction) across Northern and Central Europe to determine the impact of these factors on communities.