Jan Horák



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ORDCID number: 0000-0001-5589-7124

I am archaeologist interested in human - environment relationship. In this research direction, I especially focus on two topics: humans and soils in the past - especially agricultural impact on soils - and the contamination of the environment by risk elements coming from past mining and smelting activities. As archaeologist, I tend to study medieval epoch, although my scope covers all human history. Methodically I work mainly with soils, landscape, written sources and geochemistry. I work with many types of software, preferably with R doing lot of exploratory and multivariate data analyses.

I studied archaeology and physical geography as well at Charles university in Prague. Then I did PhD in disciplines Ecology (2016, Thesis: Risk elements contamination in Kutná Hora region and its use in palaeoenvironmental research) and Archaeology (2018, Thesis: Medieval society and landscape, their reciprocal relationship and influencing).

Now I am affiliated at University of Hradec Králové (Czechia) in the department of Archaeology.


Šmejda, L. – Hejcman, M. – Horák, J. – Shai, I. 2018: Multi-element mapping of anthropogenically modified soils and sediments at the Bronze to Iron Ages site of Tel Burna in the Southern Levant. Quaternary International 483. 111-123.


Janovský, M. – Horák, J. 2018: Large Scale Geochemical Signatures Enable to Determine Landscape Use in the Deserted Medieval Villages. Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica – Natural Sciences in Archaeology 9. 71-80.


Horák, J. – Janovský, M. – Hejcman, M. – Šmejda, L. – Klír, T. 2018: Soil geochemistry of medieval arable fields in Lovětín near Třešť, Czech Republic. CATENA 162. 14-22.


Janovský, M. – Horák, J. – Klír, T. 2018: Jevany-Dubina : revizní výzkum zaniklého středověkého sídliště na Černokostelecku. Archaeologia historica 43. 437-453.


Šmejda, L. – Hejcman, M. – Horák, J. – Shai, I. 2017: Ancient settlement activities as important sources of nutrients (P, K, S, Zn and Cu) in Eastern Mediterranean ecosystems – The case of biblical Tel Burna, Israel. Catena 156. 63-72.


Horák, J. – Klír, T. 2017: Pedogenesis, pedochemistry and the functional structure of the Waldhufendorf field system of the deserted medieval village Spindelbach, the Czech Republic. Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica – Natural Sciences in Archaeology 8. 43-57.


Horák, J. – Hejcman, M. 2016: 800 years of mining and smelting in Kutná Hora region (the Czech Republic) – spatial and multivariate meta analysis of contamination studies. Journal of Soils and Sediments 16. 1584-1598.