Archives for January, 2007

Masthead Banner Competition

Any artists out there? This blog needs a nice masthead banner at the top. I’d like it to feature the following:The word AardvarchaeologyAt least one recognisable aardvarkRecognisable archaeology stuff, e.g. a square pit, a spoil dump, a sieve, a trowel, a bucket, a folding rule, a metal detector, a surveying instrument on a tripod…The dimensions…

The Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is coming up here at Aardvarchaeology on Wednesday 17 January. 4SH is about anthropology in the widest American sense: the study of humankind, throughout all times and places. Four lines of research are emphasised (the stones of the hearth):Socio-cultural anthropologyBio-physical anthropologyArchaeologyLinguistic anthropologySo, if your blogging touches upon any of…

Two New Norwegian Boat Graves

Ship burials are rare and signal royal status: Sutton Hoo, Oseberg, Gokstad, Borre, Tune. Burials in smaller boats, large enough for only three or four pairs of oars and useless on the high sea, are far more common (though never a majority rite). The most famous and richly equipped boat inhumations are 7th and 8th…

Vendel Period Manor at Slöinge

Check out Lars Lundqvist’s web site about the Slöinge excavations in Halland, Sweden! It’s been on-line for ages and I only found it just now. All in English. The above picture shows a tiny gold foil figure of an embracing couple — possibly the divine ancestors touted by Vendel Period aristocrats. You find them in…

Subway Beggar Retaliation

For the last couple of years, a new kind of beggar has operated in the Stockholm subway. These people walk through the carriage handing out little photocopied notes, and then they move back, collecting the notes and whatever spare change people are willing to give. The notes say things like “I am an unemployed Bulgarian…

I just came across a pretty far-out book. On 1 December, Isto Huvila passed his viva for the PhD degree in information science in Turku/Åbo, Finland. His thesis is entitled The Ecology of Information Work (available on-line). “The study explores an interface between the human patterns of information use and the methods of structuring and…

The kids’ teachers had a training day yesterday, so we picked up a visiting cousin in town and went to the science centre in Södertälje. I hesitate to tell you its name: the place’s mascot is for some reason named Tom Tit, and there’s no genitive apostrophe in Swedish, so our much-beloved science centre for…

Hopeful Buttons

In the left-hand sidebar are two new buttons, one of which will, if pressed, mark Aardvarchaeology as one of your favourite blogs on Technorati. The other one will allow you to rate the blog with the Swedish service Bloggtoppen: yea verily, you can either pan it or praise it. Use them wisely, kids.

Anthologised

One of my blog entries from last spring has made it into a science blogging anthology (a “blook”) edited by fellow Sber Coturnix! It’ll soon be published as a paperback through Lulu.com. The chosen piece is about the Field-Archaeological Paradox, that is, the curious fact that it is far easier in Sweden to fund expensive…

The Gold From Vittene

As the first reader-submitted pic, my buddy Lars Lundqvist has sent me a snap of himself taken by Klas Höglund in October 1995. Lars is happy in this picture, the reason being that he’s just found the object he’s holding. It’s a large plough-mangled Continental gold neck ring of the first few centuries AD, and…