Institute of Archaeology of the CAS, Brno, v. v. i.
The Institute was formed by the conversion of a branch of the State Archaeological Institute, established in 1942 in Brno. After its incorporation into the structure of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences as of January 1, 1953, it served as a branch of the Institute of Archaeology of the CSAS in Prague, and subsequently became an autonomous institute of the CSAS as of January 1, 1970. In 1993, rescue archaeological research was largely transferred to work facilities overseen by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. As of January 1, 2007, the Institute became a public research institution within the meaning of Act No. 341/2005 Coll.
The Institute focuses on basic research covering the time period from the Early Stone Age to the Middle Ages (including salvage field work). It dedicates special attention to hunter and gatherer society in the Upper Paleolithic era, its relationship to the environment and technological developments from the prehistoric era to the Early Middle Ages, the Roman military and cultural impact, and the formation of early medieval cultural and socio-political conditions. The geographic scope of research covers Moravia and Czech Silesia, with special consideration given to development trends in the Danubian region. The Institute has been developing a scientific information system encompassing central registration and documentation of archeological sites and monuments, and compiling an extensive collection of specialized literature. It also conserves and reconstructs objects for a broader circle of interested parties.