Social Programme

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Cocktail

Date: Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Time: 17:00 (Opening Ceremony) 18:45 (Welcome Cocktail)
Place: Burgher Hall, Pilsen
Address: Kopeckého sady 13, 301 00 Pilsen
Price: included in the registration fee

We are delighted to invite you to the Opening Ceremony of the 19th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists on 4 September 2013 in the Burgher Hall, Pilsen.

The Burgher Hall, like many other Pilsen public buildings such as the city theatre, museum or houses with Mikolas Ales’s graffiti, are 19th century in date. It is one of the most significant social and cultural centres in Pilsen, built in a breathtaking secession style.

The Burgher Hall will amaze you with its romantic atmosphere of Art building in the historical centre of Pilsen.

ca. 17:00 First performance by the Mixed choir Post Scriptum
ca. 17:05 Opening by Prof. Martin Gojda, Chair of the Local Organising Committee
ca. 17:15 Welcome by Prof. M. Šimandl, Vice-Rector of the University of West Bohemia
ca. 17:25 Welcome by Mgr. Martin Baxa, the City of Pilsen Mayor.
ca. 17:35 Welcome by Prof. Friedrich Lüth, President of the European Association of Archaeologists
ca. 17:45 Presentation of the European Archaeological Heritage Prize
ca. 17:50 Second performance by the Choir
ca. 17:55 Keynote lecture by Prof. Evžen Neustupný

Archaeology as the theory of artefacts
Evžen Neustupný

The main concern of this paper is the question what is the contribution of academic archaeology to modern mankind. The problem is approached through the basics of the general theory of artefacts (the inheritance of artefacts and the degrees of their complexity). Human artefacts form an inseparable couple with the people who produce them. They constitute the Human World, a new phase in the existence of this Planet. The Human World is an entity higher than living Nature. Both artefacts and humans (the creators of artefacts) are therefore neither live nor dead in terms of the traditional Natural history. The inseparable couple artefact-human becomes the basis of human society. The spiritual domain originates through the interaction of artefacts and humans in the course of their creation and use. However, the spiritual products become largely independent on particular artefacts when generated by arbitrary systems of signs.

ca. 18:30 Third performance by the Choir
ca. 18:45 Welcome cocktail

prof. PhDr. Evžen Neustupný, CSc.

Born in Prague in 1933, studied archaeology and egyptology at the Charles University in Prague. Rescue work at Most (NW Bohemia) from 1957 to

1966, then Archaeological Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (mainly theoretical interests; director from 1990 to 1993). Founded

a new Department of Archaeology at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen in 1998. Interests (reflected in publications): periodization and synchronization

of prehistoric cultures, their origin, calibration of radiocarbon dates (since 1967), various ecofactual methods, prehistoric demography and nutrition, mathematical methods and programming of computers, logic of the archaeological method (analysis of contexts, generation of structures, and interpretation of structures). Theory of the Human World (cultural inheritance, complexity of artefacts, the purpose and expression of artefacts, structures and events in the HumanWorld, the form, space and time of artefacts, artefacts as means of adaptation, specialisation, communication and expression of identity). Propositions for a new approach to archaeology: the basic units of society are composed of the inseparable couples of artefacts and humans. They constitute the ground of the Human World, an entity representing the new phase of the planet Earth higher than living Nature. This has essential consequences for archaeology and other disciplines of social science.

prof. Miroslav Šimandl

Vice Rector for research and development at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.

Since graduation in 1978 he has held di_erent teaching or research positions at the Department of Cybernetics of the Institute of Technology or at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. He has supervised 15 PhD students and numerous MSc students. Šimandl’s interest cover broad aspects of automatic control and signal processing, especially system identification, nonlinear estimation, adaptive control and fault detection. He has written many papers, more than 100 published in the most prestigious magazines (Automatica, IEEE Transaction on Automatic Control) and presented at world congresses and symposia of the International Federation on Automatic Control (IFAC), American Control Conferences, IEEE Conferences on Decision and Control. Professor Šimandl was principal investigator or co-investigator of many research projects. He served as cochair of the IPC of the 16th IFAC World Congress, as Vice Dean for research and development at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, etc. He is a member of the technical committee of the IFAC: Modeling, Identification and Signal Processing and a member of the Scientific Board of the University of West Bohemia.

Mgr. Martin Baxa

Mayor of Pilsen.

Martin Baxa was born in Pilsen in 1975. He received his Master’s degree in “History and Geography Teaching for Secondary School” at the Faculties of Arts and Science at the Masaryk University in Brno. He has remained faithful to his teaching profession. While he serves his term at the county and municipal government bodies, he still gives a few lessons of Geography per week at Mikulášské nám. Grammar School in Pilsen. In 2002, he entered into active politics when he became a member of the Pilsen City Assembly and the President of the Culture Commission of the Pilsen City Council. In the election period 2004 – 2008, he served as a member of the Pilsen Region Council for Culture and Conservation, and since 2010 he has been the Mayor of the City of Pilsen. Culture and history accompany the entire professional life of Martin Baxa.

The Mixed choir Post Scriptum

The Mixed choir Post Scriptum is based at the Elementary Art School of Prague 8. It is for amateur singers from the age of 15. From the original chamber ensemble which organized its first public concert in September 1999 it has developed into a mixed choir with over 30 members. The choir participates in concerts and other events arranged by the School, music festivals, and also organizes its own performances and joint concerts with foreign choirs (e.g. from Canada, USA, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Singapore). So far, its most significant achievements are 3rd place in the 3rd International Warsaw Choir Festival in 2007, a gold medal from international choir competition Mundi Cantat – Festival of songs Olomouc in 2005 and a “Prize for sacral song” from the 5th International Warsaw Choir Festival in 2009.


Annual Party – Na Spilce – Pilsner Urquell brewery pub

Date: Thursday, 5 September 2013
Time: 20:00
Place: Restaurant Na Spilce, Pilsen
Address: U Prazdroje 7, 304 37 Pilsen
Price: included in the registration fee

The restaurant was opened in 1992 to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Pilsen brewery and is situated in the former fermentation cellar, known as the Spilka, directly within the brewery complex.

The party will start with a free of charge welcome drink, introducing a great night with stunning music experience performed by the Bubny Praha band.

The band was established in 2000 and from an original duo has expanded to a septet. The band’s repertoire consists of cover versions of key world songs from rock history and also a few Czech songs from the blues-rock scene. Their aim is not to achieve 100% compliance with the original, but rather to express their own music interpretation, so the result is sometime a little bit different from the original but always good fun. The most important thing is to entertain and cheer the audience.

MARKÝZ – the group of Pilsner Musketeers

The group of historic fencing Markýz was founded in 1990 by the historical warfare amateurs from Strakonice. Their main focus is on the Thirty Years War, re-enacting the battle scenes and duels, using the cold weapons as well as firearms, period armoury and clothing. Their performance will be re-enacting some scenes of the unsuccessful raid of Pilsen by the troops of the Bishop of Passau in 1611 and later siege of Pilsen by the Duke Mansfeld and Czech aristocratic estates in 1618, on the threshold of the Thirty Years War. The “battle” will take place in the courtyard of the Na Spilce restaurant in the Pilsner Urquell historical brewery at the beginning of the EAA Annual Party on Thursday, 5 September.


Annual Dinner in Parkhotel Pilsen

Date: Saturday, 7 September 2013
Time: 19:30
Place: Big Hall, Parkhotel Pilsen
Address: U Borského parku 31, 320 04 Pilsen
Price per ticket: 60 EUR

The Annual Dinner will take place in the Parkhotel Pilsen, a modern 4* Hotel. The Hotel is located in the beautiful environment of Borsky Park, situated in the south of Pilsen city, close to the Annual Meeting venue.

The Annual Dinner offers a buffet style dinner that include a great variety of starters, main dishes and desserts.

Cancellations, Changes and Refunds
The following cancellation conditions apply to the cancellation of the Annual Dinner:
• Cancellation before & on August 23, 2013: full refund less a handling fee of 15 EUR
• Cancellation from August 24, 2013: no refund