Winter Dig Blues


A buddy of mine sent me a reminder today of why I am happy to not be a contract archaeologist. It’s twelve below zero centigrade around here, and still a number of unfortunate Linköping colleagues are out digging. And they’re not digging Tut-ankh-amen’s tomb today either: apparently they’ve been assigned the task of excavating and documenting an ancient ploughsoil. Yes, an expanse of clayey soil churned by the ard or plough a long, long time ago. Poor bastards!

See those fuzzy blotches in the pic? They’re snowflakes.

Update 8 February: Says my Linköping colleague Katarina Österström:

“The photographer is Fredrik Samuelsson of the County Museum. It’s true that we’re digging a ploughsoil, but we’ve also got an ancient stream bed that’s meandered around a cupmarked [Bronze Age rock carvings] outcrop. In the stream bed are pottery and bones, burnt and unburnt, and a lot of burnt stones. We’re continuing the dig in the spring, hopefully under better circumstances.”

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  1. #1 Henrik
    February 10, 2007

    I’m digging in the cold too. I tried to send a trackback but it isn’t working yet? The trackpack adress
    ( seems illogical to me – you’d expect something along the lines of instead?

    Anyway my post is here:


  2. #2 Martin R
    February 10, 2007

    I asked the other Sbers, and they said “trackbacks have never worked and we don’t use them”. So I guess it’s no go.

  3. #3 LL
    February 10, 2007

    If I had to choose I would prefer your dig, Henrik!! I certainly would…

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