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Tomáš Alušík, Assoc. Prof., PhD

Tomáš Alušík, Assoc. Prof., PhDr., PhD Tomáš Alušík, Assoc. Prof., PhDr., PhD

Assoc. Prof. Tomáš Alušík, PhD

Tomáš Alušík completed his masters in classical archaeology in 2001 and got his PhD in the same field of study in 2005 at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague. During his doctoral study he was awarded with a one-semester scholarship of the AKTION Czech Republic-Austria Fund at the Institute for Classical Archaeology, University of Vienna (2004), and with a one-month scholarship of Cypriot A. G. Leventis Foundation at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, Nicosia (2005). After graduation, Tomáš Alušík spent several years engaged in cultural heritage protection and UNESCO World Heritage Sites management. Since 2015 he has been employed at the Institute for History of Medicine and Foreign Languages at the First Faculty of Medicine in Prague, where became an Associate Professor in 2019.

Since graduating with his master’s degree, he has been involved in research of the prehistory of the Aegean and Cyprus, particularly in the prehistoric archaeology of Crete and the Cycladic islands. His doctoral dissertation entitled “Defensive architecture of prehistoric Crete” was published in May 2007 in Archaeopress publishing house in Oxford. Recently he has also been working with 3D reconstructions of archaeological sites, the history of classical archaeology, and especially with the archaeology of medicine in the prehistory and Classical Antiquity, osteoarchaeology, and palaeopathology.

At present, he is focused on the palaeopathology and archaeology of medicine in prehistoric and Classical Greece from an interdisciplinary perspective, based on the use of modern archaeometric methods and combining the testimony of diverse sources, both archaeological (including human skeletal remains) and literary. Tomáš Alušík is a director of the project of the re-identification and new classification of all preserved artefacts from the sites of Asklepieion-Pythion (Asklepieion of Paros Re-Study Project) and the sanctuary of Eileithyia on Paros Island (Cyclades, Greece). He is co-director (together with Dr. Andonis Vasilakis, Honorary Ephor of Antiquities of Greece) of The Porti-Miamou Project, focused on the surface documentation of all preserved remains of architecture, i.e., the creation of the new up-to-date site plans, and a small-scale archaeological surface survey of the vicinity of two prehistoric sites in central Crete – Porti and Miamou. The field seasons were conducted in 2015 and 2016, the processing of the finds has been being carried out since 2017.

During his academic activity he has been regularly participating in field research (excavations and surface surveys) and museum study seasons in Turkey (Istanbul, 2006-2013) and Greece (since 2007, on 9 islands: Crete, Evia, Keros and Dhaskalio, Karpathos, Naxos, Amorgos, Paros and Kato Koufonisi). Tomáš Alušík has participated actively in more than 35 international conferences (mostly abroad – e.g., in Athens, Oxford, Vienna, and Herakleion). He has published 1 monograph, contributed to several others and is an author of more than 40 academic papers (published mostly in foreign journals or conference proceedings). His papers appear in the publications focused not only on the archaeology, but also architecture, medicine, and photogrammetry.

Selected bibliography:

- Alušík, T., 2007: Defensive Architecture of Prehistoric Crete. BAR IntSer 1637, Archaeopress, Oxford.

- Alušík, T., 2022: Epidemic, Infectious and Parasitic Diseases in Prehistoric Greece. In: Aulsebrook, S. – Żebrowska, K. - Ulanowska, A. (eds.): Sympozjum Egejskie: Papers in Aegean Archaeology 3. Turnhout, pp. 13-20. https://doi.org/10.1484/M.WSA-EB.5.128948

- Alušík, T., 2021: Ikonografické prameny k dějinám řecké prehistorické a archaické medicíny (do roku 500 př. Kr.) [Iconographical Sources for the History of Greek Medicine of the Prehistoric and Archaic Periods (before c. 500 BC)]. In: Gogola, M. – Mesiarkin, A. – Daniš, M. (eds.): Historia Medicinae Slovaca VI. Bratislava, pp. 142-172.

- Vasilakis, A. – Alušík, T. – Charamis, P. – Semerád, M. – Šmejda, L. – Kritikopoulou, E. – Alušíková Dostalíková, P. 2019: The Porti-Miamou Project 2015-2016: 2015 Season Preliminary Report. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of Cretan Studies, Heraklion, 21.-25.9.2016. 12iccs.proceedings.gr

- Alušík, T., 2018: Literární prameny k řecké medicíně prehistorického a „temného“ období (do roku 600 př. Kr.) [Literary Sources on Greek Medicine of Prehistoric Era and the ‘Dark’ Age (Before 600 BCE)]. Acta Universitatis Carolinae – Historia Universitatis Carolinae Pragensis LVII (1)/2018, pp. 49-58.

- Alušík, T., 2016: Fortifications of Prehistoric Crete: The Current State of the Research. In: Frederiksen, R. – Müth, S. – Schneider, P. I. – Schnelle, M. (eds.): Focus on Fortifications. New Research on Fortifications in the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens 18, Fokus Fortifikation Studies 2, Oxford and Philadelphia, pp. 53-65.

- Alušík, T., 2015: Skull Trepanations in Bronze Age Greece: An Archaeologist’s View. World Neurosurgery 84, 2, August 2015, pp. 214-217. Doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2015.02.010. [IF 2.417]

- Alušík, T. (with contribution by M. Chalupka and D. Kopernicky), 2011: 3D Virtual Reconstructions of Minoan Rural Sites: The Case of Livari Cheromylia (East Crete). In: Remondino, F. – El-Hakim, S. (eds.): Proceedings of the 4th ISPRS International Workshop 3D-ARCH 2011: “3D Virtual Reconstruction and Visualization of Complex Architectures”, Trento, Italy, 2-4 March 2011. International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XXXVIII-5/W16 (http://www.int-arch-photogramm-remote-sens-spatial-inf-sci.net/XXXVIII-5-W16/)


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