XV International Palynological Congress
XI International Organization of Palaeobotany Conference

200 Years of Palaeobotany    12-19 September, 2020, Prague, Czech Republic

Field Trips

Pre-Conference Field Trip, 3 days:

Permian of Chemnitz

The field trip will present classical outcrops, ongoing excavations and leading exhibitions, which show fossil assemblages found in Permian terrestrial strata of SE Germany. Anatomically preserved plants, animals and their taphonomic pathways will be presented and discussed as modern methods of „fossil hunting“ and collecting. [R. Rössler]

Mid-Conference Field Trips, 1 day:

Lower Palaeozoic of the Barrandian area

Field-trip to the Cambrian to Devonian sediments south west of Prague will give an opportunity to visit both new and classic outcrops, including the first internationally recognized GSSP of the Silurian-Devonian boundary. At all sites collection of fossils and sampling for microfossils will be possible. [O. Fatka, L. Vodička]

Late Cretaceous of the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin

A field trip to three localities: Horoušany, Vyšehořovice, Pecínov of the Czech fresh water Cenomanian will provide an overview of palaeobotany and sedimentology of the Bohemian Massif in mid-Cretaceous. At all outcrops, collecting of fossils and sampling for microfossils will be possible. [J. Kvaček]

Paleogene and Neogene of North Bohemia

Eocene to Pliocene sediments are preserved in depressions and grabens along Krušné hory Mts. Besides fresh-water coal-bearing deposits, products of volcanic activity occur in Western and Northern Bohemia, forming the eastern branch of the European Cenozoic Volcanic Alkaline Province. North Bohemian Most Basin will be visited with particular interest in loc. Roudníky (Eocene-Oligocene transition) and loc. Bílina (lower Miocene). [J. Sakala, V. Teodoridis]

Postglacial of Šumava National Park

This excursion will cover late Quaternary vegetation changes with focus on long-term dynamics of natural mountain spruce forests and their disturbances. We will visit investigated lakes of glacial origin and peat bogs, where results from sedimentary archives will be presented. [P. Kuneš]

Modern pollen deposition in relation to Holocene vegetation changes in the Krkonoše Mts.

This excursion will visit our highest mountain range in NE Bohemia. In this iconic landscape, covered in its highest part by azonal tundra accompanied by many peatbogs, a long-term pollen monitoring project has been under way since 1997. We will concentrate on pollen monitoring results in relation to Holocene development of mountain tundra and mountain forest. [H. Svitavská-Svobodová]

Late Pleistocene and the Holocene of Bohemian Paradise

Barely hour and a half away from Prague, “rocky cities” built of Cretaceous sandstones offer an opportunity to enjoy picturesque, rarely seen landscapes and to visit some classical, as well as freshly investigated Late Pleistocene and Holocene sites. Emphasis will be given on stratified archaeological sites under rock shelters and adjacent wetlands which together provided a wealth of environmental proxies. [P. Pokorný]

Post-Conference Field Trips, 2 days:

Permian of Bohemia

The Bohemian Paradise is situated about 100 km North-East from Prague. The Klenotnice Muzeum in Nová Paka with rich Permian fossil wood collection will be visited. A tour to the nearby Gothic „Pecka“ Castle is planed. „Pecka“ means stone (both geode and part of fruit). Fossil wood is visible in the castle courtyard. Actually, „Pecka“ Castle was built on rocks containing petrified wood in the 12th century. Two localities with plant fossils of the Permian Rudník Horizons will be visited during the field trip, and there will be also a possibility to find some fragments of silicified woods in fields. [Z. Šimůnek, V. Mencl]

Miocene in the Carpathian Foredeep and Quarternary of Moravian Karst

The area of South Moravia known not only for Czech vineyards and wine cellars (Mikulov), but also for Miocene deposits of Carpathian Foredeep, several prehistorical localities (Pavlovské vrchy Hills, Pasohlávky settlement, Čejč Lake) and Moravian Karst with 15 palynologicaly evaluated caves (Kůlna Cave etc.) [N. Doláková, E. Břízová, M. Kováčová]