Archives for February, 2007

Swedish Skeptical Anthology

My friend Jesper Jerkert has edited a volume of skeptical essays, most culled from Folkvett, the Swedish skeptic quarterly we both help co-edit. This handsome book is just out from the Stockholm publishing house Leopard, whose head hombre Dan Israel is an officer of Vetenskap och Folkbildning, the Swedish Skeptic Society, just like Jesper and…

A Place To Rest Yer Bones

Lars Lundqvist promptly answered my call for archaeopix. Here’s a recently discovered 1st Millennium BC stone setting on wooded outland belonging to the hamlet of Åby, Misterhult parish, Småland, Sweden. The stone pavement, which is not scheduled for any excavation, is a grave superstructure, most likely covering scanty pyre remains similar to those found in…

Psychedelic Undies

Sex sells, so here’s a pic of my new psychedelic undies. Stuff them in your mouth, Dear Reader, and they will take you on a long, strange trip.

Send Me Archaeopix Please

Dear Reader, I like to publish good archaeological pix. If you have taken a really good photograph, drawn a find or done a nice plan or section that you’d like to share with your fellow readers, then feel free to email it to me, along with information about the subject and how you’d like it…

Paddy K’s Swedish Extravaganza

Dear Reader, you no doubt have a skewed and seasick perspective on Stockholm, Sweden, from too much of my blogging. What you need is a blog written from Stockholm by a humorous, skeptical Irishman. This genre is of course quite the jungle, with more blogs than anyone can reasonably attempt to evaluate. But take it…

Brussels Declaration

Should the future Constitution of the European Union make reference to Christian values? The Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel among others thinks so. Or should it be founded on secular liberal principles? I among others think so. To that end, I have just signed the Brussels Declaration on-line.

In its formative late-19th century decades, Swedish archaeology had three journals with a nationwide scope (sometimes also covering Norway with which Sweden shared a king at the time). All three were published in Stockholm by the same small group of people: the Royal Academy of Letters had the academic Antiqvarisk Tidskrift för Sverige (1864-1924) and…

Gold Bractate Inscriptions

I know that many readers of this blog are yearning to read a >900-page bok in German about the enigmatic inscriptions on Migration Period gold bracteates. Fret no more, Dear Reader! Svante Fischer just sent me a link to a 7.4 megabyte PDF file containing such a work: Sean Nowak’s 2003 doctoral thesis Schrift auf…

Hominin Dental Anthropology

I would recommend Jason Fox’s blog simply for the weight of its name: Hominin Dental Anthropology. That is so heavy metal. But it’s also tagged “atheism, Teeth, Anthropology, bones, Paleoanthropology, dentition, bioarchaeology, osteology, paleopathology” on Technorati. And it’s a readable mix of these subjects along with linguistics and more whimsical and personal pieces. So check…

Lovecraftian Horror in Guatemala

The Great Old Ones are stirring in their sleep beneath Guatemala City.