Irena Loskotová1 / Olga Le?bychová2
(1 Faculty of Arts; Brno, Czech Republic / 2Masaryk University, Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic)


Internet Encyclopaedia of Brno History is a culturally informative portal which has been run by a wide team of experts from Brno research, cultural and educational institutions on a long term basis. It provides information from various areas of Brno history to internet users by means of mutually interconnected encyclopaedia entries. Since 2010, the archaeological department has been worked out there in support of Operational Programme Education for Competitive Strength, in Partnership and Network branch.


Our lecture proposes a possibility how to deal with informational cultural heritage and a way how to make it accessible to public. This is realized by a professional community and because it is an encyclopaedia it is not focused only on archaeology but on all branches concerned with cultural heritage. Such interdisciplinary project supports an intensification of cooperation among individual branches and among different types of institutions.

The objective is to create a communication basis between research and educational institutions in a way of a mutual generic database program unit monitoring archaeological situations in the area of Brno and Jihlava. The project is aimed not only at professional community but at subjects of public service too. To this service, it is going to provide relevant information for the protection of archaeological sites. Masaryk University and college (restoration, preservation department) students participate in the project through a developed student model. The project introduces new forms of cooperation in the traditional relationship between research and educational institutions.

Archaeological sites are defined in three identification levels – space, time and factual. The basic unit of space identification is a ground-plot in urban area, completed with a lane in rural area. Streets, local names and town districts are added on higher levels. The usage of GIS interface will enable a precise identification of archaeological sites. There will be archaeological data layers created over the cadaster map in which digitalised and georeferenced historical maps will show. A chronological sequence of prehistory cultures with a consequential periodization of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period serves as time identifier. Factual identifiers are related to field situations discovered by archaeological excavations on the one hand and on the other hand to material culture represented by finds. Restoring and conservative identifiers form independent subgroup. They relate to both parts but preferentially focus on preservation and restoration data. Monitored levels intersect in particular contact points with other encyclopaedia sections and create a communication system inside the database.


Popularization of City Cultural Heritage, Culturally Informative Portal, Database, Interdisciplinary Project