Jan Kolář

Fulbright Fellow

Ph. D. in Archaeology (2015), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic; MA in Archaeology (2008), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

Jan Kolář is an archaeologist studying human-environmental interactions in the past. His work focuses on the relationship between major social and economic transformations, changes in land-use and climate. In his research he often uses large-scale archaeological databases and modelling approaches and combines his results with quantified outcomes of other disciplines, mostly palaeoecology.

His second main area of interest covers the Neolithic and Copper Age in Central Europe. Jan Kolář finished his doctoral studies in 2015 with thesis on territorial and regional aspects of Corded Ware culture, in which he analysed spatial patterns in material culture, use of raw materials and identity expressions within and across the Copper Age communities. He is currently working on the publication.

Jan Kolář took part in projects funded by the Czech Science Foundation, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and European Research Council.

Research Interests:

Historical ecology, environmental archaeology, social archaeology, theory of archaeology


In press

Kolář, J., Kuneš, P., Szabó, P., Hajnalová, M., Svobodová Svitavská, H., Macek, M., Tkáč, P., 2016. Population and forest dynamics during the Central European Eneolithic (4500–2000 BC). Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. doi:10.1007/s12520-016-0446-5



Jamrichová, E., Hédl, R., Kolář, J., Tóth, P., Bobek, P., Hajnalová, M., Procházka, J., Kadlec, J., Szabó, P., 2017. Human impact on open temperate woodlands during the middle Holocene in Central Europe. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 245, 55–68. doi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2017.06.002



Kolář, J., 2016. Idealized world or Real Society? Social Patterns of Corded Ware Culture in Moravia (Czech Republic), in: Furholt, M., Großmann, R., Szmyt, M. (Eds.), Transitional Landscapes? The 3rd Millennium BC in Europe. Proceedings of the International Workshop “Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes III (15th - 18th April 2013)” in Kiel, Universitätsforschungen Zur Prähistorischen Archäologie 292. Verlag Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, Bonn, pp. 192–207.

Kolář, J., Tkáč, P., Macek, M., Szabó, P., 2016. Archaeology and historical ecology: the archaeological database of the LONGWOOD ERC project. Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt 46, 539–554.

Kolář, J., Macek, M., Tkáč, P., Szabó, P., 2016. Spatio-Temporal Modelling As A Way to Reconstruct Patterns of Past Human Activities: Spatio-temporal modelling. Archaeometry 58, 513–528. doi:10.1111/arcm.12182



Allentoft, M.E., Sikora, M., Sjögren, K.-G., Rasmussen, S., Rasmussen, M., Stenderup, J., Damgaard, P.B., Schroeder, H., Ahlström, T., Vinner, L., Malaspinas, A.-S., Margaryan, A., Higham, T., Chivall, D., Lynnerup, N., Harvig, L., Baron, J., Casa, P.D., Dąbrowski, P., Duffy, P.R., Ebel, A.V., Epimakhov, A., Frei, K., Furmanek, M., Gralak, T., Gromov, A., Gronkiewicz, S., Grupe, G., Hajdu, T., Jarysz, R., Khartanovich, V., Khokhlov, A., Kiss, V., Kolář, J., Kriiska, A., Lasak, I., Longhi, C., McGlynn, G., Merkevicius, A., Merkyte, I., Metspalu, M., Mkrtchyan, R., Moiseyev, V., Paja, L., Pálfi, G., Pokutta, D., Pospieszny, Ł., Price, T.D., Saag, L., Sablin, M., Shishlina, N., Smrčka, V., Soenov, V.I., Szeverényi, V., Tóth, G., Trifanova, S.V., Varul, L., Vicze, M., Yepiskoposyan, L., Zhitenev, V., Orlando, L., Sicheritz-Pontén, T., Brunak, S., Nielsen, R., Kristiansen, K., Willerslev, E., 2015. Population genomics of Bronze Age Eurasia. Nature 522, 167–172. doi:10.1038/nature14507

Kuneš, P., Svobodová-Svitavská, H., Kolář, J., Hajnalová, M., Abraham, V., Macek, M., Tkáč, P., Szabó, P., 2015. The origin of grasslands in the temperate forest zone of east-central Europe: long-term legacy of climate and human impact. Quaternary Science Reviews 116, 15–27. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.03.014



Všianský, D., Kolář, J., Petřík, J., 2014. Continuity and changes of manufacturing traditions of Bell Beaker and Bronze Age encrusted pottery in the Morava river catchment (Czech Republic). Journal of Archaeological Science 49, 414–422. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2014.05.028