image/svg+xml177 X/2/2019 INTERDISCIPLINARIA ARCHAEOLOGICA NATURAL SCIENCES IN ARCHAEOLOGY homepage: Obituary In Remembrance of Slavomil Vencl, a Great Personality with a Modest Mind Katarína Kapustka Slavomil Vencl was born on 18 th October 1936 in Dlouhá Třebová in eastern Bohemia (Czech Republic). He was an important Czech archaeologist, but he also devoted part of his career to the study of graphics. In between 1954 and 1959 he studied prehistory in the class of Professor Jan Filip at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. In 1959 he worked for a short time in the National Museum in Prague, but since that year until the very end of his life he was closely linked to the Institute of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. He was also an external teacher at his alma mater , Charles University in Prague (1979–2002) and at the University of Western Bohemia in Pilsen (1998–2001). The most important part of his work is connected with the archaeology of foragers, especially of the Upper Palaeolithic, Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. There are several diferent issues that can be mentioned here. First of all it was his systematic work on the Late Palaeolithic period in central Europe, which was pioneering (Vencl, 1970a). Also important was his research on the Upper Palaeolithic, especially concerning settlement features preserved in loess. Some of these sites were the result of salvage archaeology, such as the case of the Gravettian settlement in Stadice (Vencl, 1991a), but others were systematic long-term excavations, such as the Magdalenian settlement in Hostim excavated between 1963 and 1969 (Vencl, 1995a), or the Gravettian site in Lubná (Vencl, 1966). Apart from stratifed sites, he put a lot of efort into the exploration of surface fnds, especially from the Mesolithic in diferent regions of Bohemia – as was the analysis of material from the Sopotnice sites (Vencl, 1992) or the comprehensive publication on South Bohemian hunter-gatherer occupation, which is mostly dated to the Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods (Vencl, ed., 2006). However, his work was not only focused on archaeological fnds: he also often tackled theoretical and methodological issues. Most important are his refections on war craft and violence (Vencl 1991b; Vencl, 2016), while he also devoted his attention to theoretical problems connected with surface surveys (Vencl, 1968; Vencl, 1995b). His scope of interests and considerable knowledge were extremely broad. The total number of studies and monographs written by Slavomil Vencel exceeds 300 titles, focused on a whole range of issues, including the publication of his salvage excavations dated to diferent periods from the Palaeolithic up to the Middle Ages ( e.g. Vencl, 1960; Vencl, 1973; Vencl, 2011; Vencl, 2012).So far I have attempted to summarize the professional career of this exceptional archaeologist. But clearly that is not enough to describe him, since I also knew him on a daily basis, as a colleague from the next door ofce. I used to greet him every time he arrived at his ofce and together we discussed not just archaeology but also several diverse topics of the day. I am therefore in no doubt that I will miss the true personality he had.Slavomil Vencl was however a very complex and rather complicated personality. These characteristics were present Volume X ● Issue 2/2019 ● Pages 177–178