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The floods 2002 and their consequences for the Institute of Archaeology in Prague. 12th August 2002. 10.9.2002. 12.8.2002. 13.8.2004. 13th August, the day before…. 13.8.2004. 14th August 2002, The Flood. Culmination point: Vltava engulfing Prague from the south.

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The floods 2002 and their consequences

for the Institute of Archaeology in Prague


12th August 2002

10.9.2002

12.8.2002

13.8.2004


13th August, the day before…

13.8.2004


14th August 2002, The Flood

Culmination point: Vltava engulfing Prague from the south


14th August 2002, Culmination point


Malá Strana from the air

Institute of Archaeology

Wallenstein Garden

Vltava river

flooded area


16th August 2002: the disaster

The Letenská street


16th August 2002: the disaster

The main yard


16th August 2002: the disaster

The library: 70.000 of books

The store rooms: publications of the Institute


16th August 2002: the disaster

The photoarchives:

200.000 of negatives and slides

Was there any flood at all?

Archives of field documentation:

10.000 of maps and plans


17th August 2002 and so forth

Clearing, removing, discarding…


17th August 2002 and so forth


17th August 2002 and so forth

Washing and drying: books


17th August 2002 and so forth

Field maps and plans

Index cards


17th August 2002 and so forth

finds

laboratory equipment


17th August 2002 and so forth


The message

What is important, or: From pesimism and fatigue to optimism and solidarity

organization of space

is important

and you should keep everything tidy


The message

You see that people are doing their best

(up to 80 staff members and volunteers were working

in the Institute every day)


The message

and thanks to help of renown scholars


The message

optimism prevails

supported by enormous solidarity


How to save it


How to save it?

The field base Kounice

Ústav archeologické památkové péče středních Čech


How to save it?

Mochovské mrazírny, Kladno

Deep frozen books: 35 tons of water


How to save it?

The journey to the Kingdom of Denmark


How to save it?

Konserveringstjenesten for museerne i Ribe og Rindkobing amter


How to save it?

Freeze-dried books at Olgod and Elmer Fabech


How to save it?

The archives included: cca 12,000 field plans, site maps and photogrammetric plans, half of which had been transferred to microfiches in 1990s

Flooded: cca 50%

Lost: cca 10%

Immediately washed and disinfected: 10%

Deep frozen: 30%

Microfiches saved completely!


How to save it?

Photoarchive consisted of:

180,000 negatives (incl. 20,000 on glass)

20,000 of slides (incl. 10,000 on glass)

Inventory books

Two card catalogues (cca 400,000 A5 paper cards)

Flooded: more than 80% of all

Lost and/or seriously damaged: over 50%


How to save it?

Washing and disinfection of negatives

The Department of Prague Castle Archaeology


How to save it?

Landesamt für Archäologie des Freistaates Sachsen, Dresden


The aim of all activities: to gain time for the revitalisation of archaeological data


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