Archives for February, 2007

Uppland, Sweden, 2350 BC

My buddy Niklas Ytterberg recently sent me an impressive excavation report in Swedish. Constrained by the field-archaeological paradox, he dug a really nondescript Neolithic settlement site at Djurstugan near Tierp, Uppland in 2003. Then he somehow found funding to subject the measly finds to a battery of innovative scientific analyses, extracting loads of interesting information.

Norwegian medical doctor Ståle Fredriksen offers a refreshing perspective on healthy living. In his opinion, our thinking about illness is still largely ruled by old superstitions where what happens to a person is somehow just what he or she deserves. If the neighbour has a heart attack, we will semi-unconsciously think that he should have…

Pay to Dig in Bulgaria

How about paying to participate in a Roman Period dig in Bulgaria this summer? I’ve been asked to help promote the Bulgarian Archaeological Association’s 2007 Field School. This really takes me back. I paid for food and board on my first dig, on Tel Hazor in the Galilee, in 1990. I was an 18-year-old grunt…

Sweden, Highly Recommended

Just a brief note to tell you that Sweden’s a decent place to live apart from the paucity of daylight in the winters. I suggest that everybody move here.

The Sage of Brooklyn, Jim Benton, returns with a guest entry after months of blogging silence. This piece originally appeared as a two-part comment on Debunking Christianity.

Neo-Pagans Demand Reburial

Repatriation and reburial are large concerns these days for museums with a colonial past. Human remains looted from Aboriginal Australian cemeteries were for instance recently repatriated from a Swedish museum. But not only indigenous peoples in the usual sense of the word are making demands. The Guardian reports that British neo-Pagans are increasingly starting to…

Stockholm Art Shows

Saw three art exhibitions Sunday with the ladies of my family. The Culture House, Kulturhuset, in central Stockholm shows US photographer Sally Mann‘s work, mainly selected from three collections: 1980s pictures of her kids (very controversial in the US back then because of child nudity, an issue few Swedes are able to get worked up…

Readers of my blogging over the past 14 months will have come across many references to, and tidbits from, the work with the archive report for 2005’s Viking Period boat grave excavation at Skamby in Östergötland. Howard Williams and myself directed the excavations of the first boat inhumation in that county and the third Pre-Roman…

The incomparable net-head archaeologist Ulf Bodin directs the highly successful work to put the collections of the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm (Statens Historiska Museum) on-line. Off and on over the past year, I’ve worked through the scanned catalogues of two centuries, searching for source material relevant to my work with Late 1st Millennium…

A new Swedish study on rats suggests that there is a physiological reality behind the idea that relatively innocuous cannabis may act like a gateway drug, leading on to heavier drugs.