Petra Heřmánková, PhD

Petra inspecting the ruins of the ancient Termessos, searching for an inscription. Photo credit: B. Weissová, 2015

ORCID: 0000-0002-6349-0540

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Twitter: @pettulda


Skype: ja.pettulda

Academic Posts

  • Sep 2019 - now: Postdoc, Department of History and Classics, Aarhus University, Denmark.

  • Feb 2016 - Dec 2018: FAIMS Project, Research Associate, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney


  • PhD, Dec 2017, Charles University, Prague: Ancient history; “Hellenisation of Ancient Thrace based on epigraphic evidence” (in Czech),
    Quantitative analysis of regional production of inscriptions, combining approaches from archaeology, digital humanities, epigraphy and related disciplines. Creation of a digital database containing over 4600 inscriptions.

  • MA, Sep 2011, Charles University, Prague: Classical Archaeology; Ancient Greek; “The First and the Second Athenian League: A Comparison” (in Czech)


I am a highly motivated Ancient Historian and Classical Archaeologist with expertise in Ancient Greek and Epigraphy, as well as over 12 years experience on archaeological fieldwork. I have spent more than two years managing the development of open-source software for field researchers, wehere I was in charge of the day-to-day communication between small team of IT developers and researchers from various fields helping them with data-modelling, research design, software testing and documentation, and training and deployment in the field. In my own research, I utilize and develop Digital Humanities solutions to rethink the traditional approaches and facilitate large-scale research. Team-working has been part of my research culture, as is a commitment to the sharing of knowledge and overcoming the disciplinary boundaries. I like to challenge myself academically as well as on a personal level. Recently, I have discovered functional training, but my stable passions are hikes in nature and a good coffee.

International Research Projects

  1. Hellenisation of Ancient Thrace
    Doctoral project at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, analysing large scale patterns of epigraphic production and cultural change in Thrace. The project covers more than 4600 digitised inscriptions spanning over 11 centuries that were found in the area of modern-day Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.

    • My role: lead researcher, epigrapher, student team coordinator, 2011- present

  2. Tundzha Regional Archaeological Project
    International, multi-disciplinary project based at Macquarie University, Sydney, exploring the landscape archaeology and palaeo-environments of the upper and middle Tundzha river valley, Bulgaria.

    • My role: team member, research assistant, team leader, 2009 - present

  3. Stroyno Archaeological Project
    International, multi-disciplinary archaeological project organised by the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and the Yambol Historic Museum, Bulgaria.

    • My role: team member, epigrapher, data modelling and management specialist, 2014 - 2015

  4. Federated Archaeological Management Systems (FAIMS)
    eResearch initiative specialising in the digital field-based data capture, based at Macquarie University, Australia.

    • My role: Client & Community Manager, agile open-source software development coordination, data modelling, data management, testing, quality assurance, technical documentation, coordination of internship, 2016 - 2018
      I helped field researchers from various disciplines such as archaeology, geology, ecology, history etc. to make a successful transition from analogue to digital field data collection.

Digital skills and favourite tools

I have long term interest in digital scholarship, combining various methodological approaches and workflows in order to better understand the historical evidence. I have taught myself various programming languages and used them in my own research on social change and digital epigraphy. Since April 2018 I am member of the Carpentries community, promoting the awareness of reproducible science and spreading the digital literacy amongst interested scholars. I like to challenge myself, experiment and tinker. My digital portfolio on GitHub:

  • Data manipulation and statistical analysis: OpenRefine, RegEx, Python, R, Shell

  • Mapping, spatial analysis, geospatial data manipulation: QGIS, ArcGIS, Carto, Fusion Tables

  • Generalized field data collection, data modelling and research design: FAIMS Mobile (Android based platform running SQLite database; XML)

  • Database design: PostgreSQL, MS Access

  • Typesetting and professional publishing: ConTeXt, Overleaf (LaTeX)

  • Version control, reproducibility, fair data principles: GitHub, Open Science Framework

  • Software development team management: Atlassian JIRA, Confluence, Google Suite, Cloudstor, Slack

  • Online Learning Management Systems: Moodle, iLearn, Turnitin, Blackboard

  • Bibliographical reference management: EndNote, Mendeley, BibTeX, Zotero

Academic publications

I have published seven peer-reviewed journal articles, two chapters in edited volumes, and my monograph ‘The Epigraphy as long-term history: The epigraphic habit in Graeco-Roman Thrace’ is being prepared to be submitted to the publisher in late 2019. I have actively participated at 10 international conferences and gave four public talks in the Czech Republic and in Australia.

  1. Janouchová, P. (2018). The Epigraphic Evidence from Kazanlak and Yambol, c. 500 BC - AD 300. In S. A. Ross, A. Sobotkova, J. Tzvetkova, G. Nekhrizov, & S. Connor (Eds.), Tundzha Regional Archaeological Project, Surface Survey, Palaeoecology, and Related Studies (2009-2015): Final Report (pp. 217-228). Oxford: Oxbow Books.

  2. Janouchová, P., Weissová, B. (2018). The use of writing in the funerary context in Classical and Hellenistic Thrace. In M. Arslan (Ed.) SOMA 2015: Time, Space and People: Proceedings of the 19th Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology (pp. 59-74). Oxford: Archaeopress.

  3. Janouchová, P. (2018). Thracians, Greeks or Romans? The inhabitants of ancient Thrace and their identity based on funerary inscriptions. In M. A. Janković & V. Mihailovič (Eds.) Reflections of Roman Imperialism (pp. 288-306). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  4. Tušlová, P., Weissová, B., Bakardzhiev, S., Čisťakova, V., Frecer, R., & Janouchová, P. (2016). The Stroyno Archaeological Project, Report on the Season 2015. Studia Hercynia 19(1–2), 247–265.

  5. Janouchová, P. (2016). The Ancestral Apollo Cult in Ancient Thrace: A Result of Internal Colonisation? Ancient West & East 15, 83–101.

  6. Janouchová, P. (2014). Ourios Heliopolitanus Inscription in the Institute of Classical Archaeology, Charles University. Studia Hercynia 17(2), 41–50.

  7. Janouchová, P. (2014). Database of Greek inscriptions ‘Hellenisation of Ancient Thrace’: a final report on investigations during 2013-2014. Studia Hercynia 18(1–2), 67–74.

  8. Janouchová, P. (2013). The Cult of Bendis in Athens and Thrace. Graeco-Latina Brunensia 18(1), 95–106.

  9. Janouchová, P. (2013). Thrácké Nymfy a řecké nápisy: možné využití GIS v epigrafice. Auriga 55(2), 5–26.

Conference presentations and talks

  1. ‘Long-term trends in the epigraphic production of Thrace’, The Perspectives of Classical Archaeology VII, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, 6-7 December 2018.

  2. ’Quantitative Approaches to Epigraphy: Epigraphic Production in Thrace as a Mirror of Social Organization.’ The 3rd International Workshop on the Black Sea in Antiquity “Peoples in the Black Sea, from Prehistory to the Roman Period”, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, 21-23 September 2018.

  3. ‘Compromising the (local) identity in Thrace’, Research seminar, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney, 27 Oct 2017.

  4. ‘Compromising the (local) identity’, XV Congressus Internationalis Epigraphiae Graecae et Latinae, Vienna, 28 Aug - 1 Sept 2017.

  5. ‘Scripta Minora Stroynensia: the less visible epigraphic evidence from rural Thrace’, The Perspectives of Classical Archaeology IV, Institute for Classical Archaeology, Prague, 10-11 Dec 2015

  6. ‘The Use of Writing in Funerary Context in Classical and Hellenistic Thrace’, co-author B. Weissova, 19th SOMA - Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology 2015, Antalya - Kemer, Turkey, 12-14 Nov 2015

  7. ‘Database presentation: Hellenisation of Ancient Thrace’, Association of Classical Philologists, Prague, Czech Republic, 29 Jan 2015

  8. ‘Χαῖρε, παροδεῖτα: eloquent identity markers of death in Roman Thrace’ at the conference Imperialism and Identities at the Edges of the Roman World II, Petnica, Serbia, 18 - 21 Sept 2014

  9. ‘Thracian Nymphs as presented by Greek inscriptions’, The Perspectives of Classical Archaeology I, Institute for Classical Archaeology, Prague, 11-12 December 2012.

  10. ‘Thracian Goddess Bendis in Athens and in Thrace’, Laetae Segetes III, International PhD Student Conference, Masaryk University, Brno, 13-16th November 2012

  11. ‘Dodoparon Apollo sanctuary: typical or exceptional?’, ‘Settlement Life in Ancient Thrace’, 5th International Symposium, Yambol, 7 – 9 November 2012.

  12. ‘Thracians in Athens: Friends or Strangers?’, International conference Classics Colloquium Europaeum, 21 – 23 October 2012, Helsinki, Finland.


  1. ‘INSCRIPTIONS TO GO: Mobile platform for offline epigraphic data collection’, poster, EAGLE 2016 International Conference on Digital and Traditional Epigraphy in Context. 27-29 Jan 2016. Odeion – Sapienza, University of Rome

  2. ‘Speaking Mounds: Characteristics of Inscribed Objects in Burial Mounds in Selected Areas of Thrace’, Postgraduate conference PeCla II, Institute for Classical Archaeology, Prague, co-author B. Weissova, 16-17 December 2013, poster

  3. ‘The identity and self-identification on Greek inscriptions from Thrace’, 5th International Congress On Black Sea Antiquities The Danubian Lands between the Black, Aegean and Adriatic Seas, (Belgrade - 17-21 September 2013), poster

  4. ‘Greek Inscriptions in Ancient Thrace: Hellenization and Its Spatial Extent’, International Epigraphy Conference: XIV Congressus Internationalis Epigraphiae Graecae et Latinae, Berlin, 27-31 August 2012


I have been a Chief investigator on $AUD 20,000 worth of grants during the course of my PhD, and have contributed as a domain specialist to four international projects, including the New South Wales Department of Industry grant ($AUD 400,000).

  • Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP), New South Wales Department of Industry 16805/00, ‘Federated Archaeological Information Management System: supporting citizen science and deploying mobile application across multiple disciplines’, CI Dr S. Ross, mobile application development project, client manager, $AUD 400,000.

  • Grant Agency of Charles University, GAUK 626314/2014, 2014-2016, CI Mgr B. Weissová, FFUK, ‘Spatial analysis of flat sites and mounds in selected regions of Thrace’, $AUD 40,000

  • Grant Agency of Charles University, GAUK 2086214/2014, 2014-2016, CI Mgr P. Tušlová, FFUK, ‘Documentation of Roman pottery in the Roman Province Thrace and Moesia Inferior’, $AUD 40,000

  • Internal grant of Faculty of Arts, Charles University, VG 2014-2015, 2014-2015, ‘Archaeological excavation at Stroyno, Yambol region, Bulgaria’, CI Mgr P. Tušlová, FFUK, $AUD 10,000

  • Grant Agency of Charles University, GAUK 546813/2013, 2013-2014, ‘Graeco-Thracian society in the light of epigraphic evidence’, CI, $AUD 20,000

International archaeological fieldwork

I have participated in more than 10 international archaeological projects in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic and Israel. I have been a team leader and research assistant, as well as domain specialist in Epigraphy, Data Management, and GIS. The projects ranged from the traditional excavation, field surface survey, remote-sensing to ground-truthing and legacy data verification.

  • TRAP 2018, Burial mounds monitoring, Yambol region, Bulgaria, September 2018; international cooperation of Macquarie University, Yambol Historical Museum, Ruhr Bochum University and Charles University; team leader, FAIMS data specialist and technical support in the field.

  • Stroyno Archaeological Project 2015, Yambol region, Bulgaria, June – July 2015, GAUK 2086214/2014, P. Tušlová, B. Weissová, S. Bakardzhiev, Charles University, Yambol Historical Museum; data management, database development, small finds specialist, epigrapher.

  • Archaeological project Yambol region 2014, documentation of archaeological sites, legacy data collection. Sep – Oct 2014, B. Weissová, Charles University; GIS and legacy data specialist.

  • Stroyno Archaeological Project 2014, Yambol region, Bulgaria, Jun – Jul 2014, Charles University, Yambol Historical Museum, P. Tušlová, B. Weissová, Stefan Bakardzhiev; small finds specialist, data management.

  • Zagora Remote Sensing project, University of Sydney and University of New South Wales, Zagora, Andros, Greece, Sept - Oct 2013, with Dr Adela Sobotkova, UNSW; team leader, project assistant.

  • Preliminary field survey of ancient city of Troezen, Greece, Sep – Oct 2012, David Hill (University of Sydney), Shawn Ross and Adela Sobotkova (University of New South Wales). Epigrapher, field team leader.

  • TRAP 2011, Oct-Dec 2011, Kazanlak Bulgaria, Systematic field survey and spatial analysis, remote sensing in Seuthopolis region. Team leader, GIS training, field-school assistant.

  • TRAP 2010, Feb-Mar 2010, Kazanlak, Bulgaria. Systematic field survey and spatial analysis, remote sensing in Seuthopolis region, around Koprinka reservoir. Field survey assistant.

  • TRAP 2009, Tundzha Regional Archaeological Project, University of New South Wales, Bulgarian Archaeological Institute and Kazanlak Regional Museum, Kazanlak, Bulgaria. Mar 2009. Systematic field survey and spatial analysis, remote sensing in Seuthopolis region. Field survey assistant.

  • KAS 2008, Kabyle Archaeological Survey Project in Bulgaria; Feb - Mar 2008; Surface Survey pilot project, Shawn Ross (UNSW) and Adela Sobotkova of (University of Michigan). Field survey assistant.

  • Collaborative project between the University of New South Wales and the Dutch Institute at Rome in Archaeological Survey, Remote Sensing at the site of L’Amastuola in Apulia, Italy; Jul 2007; Gert-Jan Burgers; Shawn Ross, Adela Sobotkova; Team assistant.

  • Collaborative project between the University of New South Wales, Sofia University and the Museum of Yambol at the site of Kabyle, Bulgaria; June 2007. Team assistant.

  • Archaeological Institute of Brno (AV CR Brno): Field-school at the Roman auxiliary camp at Musov, Czech Republic. Aug 2006. Project directed by Dr B. Komoroczy and Professor Tejral of AV CR Brno.

  • University of Michigan and University of Minnesota Archaeological Project at Tel-Kedesh, Israel: Jun - Jul 2006, directors Sharon Herbert and Andrea Berlin; assistant of trench supervisor.

Teaching Experience

I have convened and taught the advanced class in Ancient Greek at Macquarie University. While still doing my PhD, I have tutored class on Greek History, taught in the private language school and overlooked an intern program at FAIMS Project. I am member of the Carpentries community, helping to promote digital methods amongst researchers.

  • AHIS308 - Ancient Greek C (third year, advanced course), Unit Convenor & Lecturer, Macquarie University, Department of Ancient History, Feb - Jul 2018, internal and external unit, 2h/week, 9 students

  • ARTS 2283 - Ancient Greek history, Tutor & Guest Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sydney, Feb - Jun 2013, selected lectures in ancient Greek History (Tyranny, 5th century Athens, Greek Epigraphy and the Athenian Empire), four tutorials, ca. 100 students

  • Software and Data Carpentry, helper, instructor in training, Macquarie University (April 2018), 2-day event every three months, ca. 40 trainees, Bash, Git, R/Python, OpenRefine,

  • FAIMS Internship coordinator, Professional and Community Engagement at Macquarie University; coordinating and training small group of undergraduate students working on digital projects in cultural heritage and archaeology, April 2017 - present

  • English and Czech language tutor, language school Horizonty, Prague, Feb 2015 - Feb 2016, small groups, individual students

Scholarships & Special training

  • Software Carpentry Instructor training, Macquarie University, Sydney, 19-20 April 2018, trainers: Belinda Weaver and Alistair Walsh

  • Regular Expressions training (Powerful text searching and matching with RegExes; Regular expressions on Command), Intersect, University of Sydney, 11 Oct 2017

  • Software Carpentry, ResBaz 2017, UTS, 2-4 July 2017. Bash / Unix, Python, Git

  • Genes to Geosciences Research Group Postgraduate Workshop: Macquarie University, 3-day intensive training in R, software for statistical analysis, March 2016

  • International Postgraduate Exchange at Macquarie University, Session 1/2016; Feb - Aug 2016 (training in Digital Humanities; Archaeological Numismatics)

  • Summer school of Greek culture and literature, European Culture Centre of Delphi, Greece, Aug 2014

  • Summer school of Bulgarian language, University of St. Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria, Jul - Aug 2014, achieved level B1

  • Workshop ‘Current Practices and New Directions in Digital Epigraphy’, organised by EAGLE Europeana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Feb 2014

  • Summer school of interdisciplinary studies, University of Lancaster, workshop GIS in Humanities, Ian Gregory and Patricia Murrieta-Flores, 14 - 19 July 2013, GIS in epigraphy

  • Study scholarship UNSW, Sydney, Australia, Feb - Jun 2013. Tutorial teaching, ARTS 2283 Classical Greece.

  • Study scholarship UNSW, Sydney, Australia, Feb - May 2012. Part-time tutorial teaching, ARTS 2283 Classical Greece.

  • Postgraduate Training Course in Epigraphy, British School at Athens, Jun - Jul 2011; methodology and theory of epigraphical work; practical training, R. Pitt, G. Oliver, S. Lambert, M. Langdon, A. Scafuro.

  • THYESPA, Jun - Jul 2010, Intensive language course of Modern Greek in Greece, Athens, Kapodistrian University of Athens, achieved level B2.

  • Intensive GIS and remote sensing training, Feb-Mar 2010, Adela Sobotkova, American Research Centre in Sofia, Bulgaria


  • Czech (native)

  • English (C1/2 - fluent)

  • French (B1 - proficient)

  • Modern Greek (B1 - proficient)

  • Bulgarian (B1 - proficient)

  • German (A1 - basic)

  • Ancient Greek (research language)

  • Latin (research language)

Professional Membership

  • Jednota klasických filologů, since 2011

  • The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, since 2013