Evžen Neustupný died

It is with sadness that we announce that prof. PhDr. Evžen Neustupný, CSc. (born 31 October 1933) passed away on 14 January 2021.

Evžen Neustupný was one of the greatest personalities of Czech post-war and post-communist archaeology. The whole of his professional life was associated with the Institute of Archaeology of the CAS in Prague, from 1990 to 1993, as its director. His main research field was prehistoric archaeology, as well as archaeological theory and method, in which he was acknowledged worldwide. In the 1960s, he independently formulated the principles of the processual paradigm and participated in the development of radiocarbon dating. His works on the origins of patriarchy and the theory of settlement areas are still inspiring. In the 1990s, he founded and headed the Department of Archaeology at West Bohemian University, Pilsen. In 2014, he received the Neuron Award for his contribution to world science.

Not being allowed to work as a university teacher before 1989, Evžen Neustupný was even then able to influence the development of our discipline profoundly and to educate more than one generation of archaeologists. His works have become standing parts of Czech and world archaeology, and in this sense, their author still lives and will continue to live with us.