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Eduard Štorch Prize

The Eduard Štorch Prize is awarded by the Czech Archaeological Society (CAS). It serves to appreciate the extraordinary merits for popularizing archeology and protecting our monuments. In particular, these activities must go beyond the normal work of the nominated person. Only one person may be awarded the prize for a given year, or eventualy more co-authors, if justified. Exceptionally, a non-annual prize may be awarded to an organization for an outstanding event or for a lifetime achievement. In the absence of suitable candidates, the prize may not be awarded.



Announcement and handover of the prize is usually carried out within the spring colloquium of ČAS "Archaeological Researches in Bohemia". The nominated candidates are voted by the ČAS Main Committee.

Eduard Štorch

Štorch was born in Ostroměř, a village near town Hořice. He studied at the gymnasium and the pedagogic institute in Hradec Králové. Štorch worked as a teacher in several location in northern and eastern Bohemia and since 1903 in Prague, during 1919 - 1921 as a school inspector in Bratislava and then, until his retirement in 1938, again as a teacher in Prague. He died 25 June 1956 in Prague.




Among Štorch's activities were archeology, ethnography, biology, journalism and reform of education system. In 1935, together with Karel Čondl, Štorch wrote a three volumes textbook of history for secondary schools. The textbook was attacked by catholic church because it documented attempts of the church to obtain political power throughout the history.

Štorch published several scholar works, many novels for the youth and countless number of articles in journals and newspapers. The novels were based on and limited by scientific knowledge of the time. His most famous novel is "Mammoth Hunters" (1918, Lovci mamutů) set 30,000 - 20,000 years ago among people of Gravettian culture. Several of the books were illustrated by Zdeněk Burian. Three novels were filmed: Osada havranů (1977, international title: Settlement of Crows), Na veliké řece (1977), Volání rodu (1978), all directed by Jan Schmidt.