Regulars, Say “Hey”

The stats for returning readers have taken a healthy jump from about 35 daily in November through January to about 45 daily in recent weeks. I like that a lot! Dear Returning Reader, please take the time to comment on this post, say something about yourself and tell me what kind of blog entries you’d like to see more of here.


  1. #1 Lina
    March 7, 2007

    Hey, I’m a 23-year-old archaeology student from Gothenburg, who, like Carrie in “Sex and the City”, owns too many shoes. Concerning archaeology, I’m especially fascinated with gender/queer issues and landscape research.

    Whatever you choose to blog about in the future, I’ll probably pop in and read it from time to time.

  2. #2 Martin R
    March 7, 2007

    Welcome to a landscape of queer shoes, Lina!

  3. #3 The Ridger
    March 7, 2007

    Hi! I’m much older than Lina and not from Sweden … I’d like to see anything about actual digging, and the way people lived a long time ago.

  4. #4 Rebecca Clayton
    March 7, 2007

    I’ve been a regular reader of your blog for about a year, although I’ve never commented before. (Until recently, I used a dialup connection, and commenting was prohibitavely slow.) I enjoy your ecclectic mix of topics, and don’t want you to change at all. However, I must confess that I am most interested in the archaeology posts especially those with photos of artifacts.

    I have no particular connection to archaeology, other than curiosity.

  5. #5 arby
    March 7, 2007

    I’m a fairly new reader. I started when I added scienceblogs to Google reader. I don’t read every post, but always read as much as appears on the reader, usually that’s everything except the comments. My interest too is just simple curiosity, thanks for taking the time and effort to keep us informed and entertained. rb

  6. #6 RBH
    March 7, 2007

    U.S., anthropology degree once upon a time, later cognitive science. Administrator on Infidels, where Per Ahlberg (Uppsala) is a frequent contributer, and a founding contributor to Panda’s Thumb. I’ll be darned if I can remember when I first visited here or why — a referral from somewhere, I’m sure.

    Mostly interested in Scandahoovian archeology for my wife’s sake – she’s of Norwegian descent. We once spent two weeks touring Iceland where she laughed and giggled while pointing out where Viking berserkers slaughtered innocent Irish monks (I’m part-Irish). I still think she was making that up.

  7. #7 cfeagans
    March 7, 2007

    I’m finishing my BA in anthropology with a focus on archaeology in May and will be starting my graduate work after that. I followed you over from Salto Sobrius and, like most, I’m guilty of reading far more than I post!

    I like your mix of post just as they are.

  8. #8 Bourgeois Nerd
    March 7, 2007

    I’m in an American in my mid-20s and have always been interested in archaeology. I came aboard when you joined ScienceBlogs. I’d be interested in non-Scandinavian archaeology.

  9. #9 Flitcraft
    March 7, 2007

    I love the archaeology posts – the recent pictures are wonderful. It’s fascinating to compare/contrast with Scottish archaeology.

  10. #10 Brian
    March 7, 2007

    Hi Aard, I teach archaeology at a small college in Minnesota and do most of my fieldwork in Alaska (although I’m beginning to do some of that “contemporary archaeology” at sites near my campus). I find your writings on Viking archaeology very fascinating. The discussions about the practice of archaeology (Winter Dig Blues) offer interesting insight, especially for comparison with North American approaches. I’m also a big fan of your posts on specific artifacts. My favorite was the one on the amber gaming pieces. Very cool stuff.

  11. #11 paddy
    March 8, 2007

    More about ancient Egypt, please! 😉

  12. #12 kai
    March 8, 2007

    Swede of immigrant stock, working with “IT”.
    I think the somewhat more eclectic mix you had over at Salto Sobrius was more fun than the more topic-focussed posts here, but that’s just because you’re interested in such a boring period 😉

  13. #13 Malin
    March 8, 2007

    Hi! PhD student in Computational Neuroscience, interested in a lot of scientific subjects. Born and raised in Mjolby, Ostergotland, which is close to some of the sites you have been excavating and reporting on. Follwed you from Salto Sobrius. I stick around for the archaeology (and for the writing in general).

  14. #14 Lycra
    March 8, 2007

    Hello Martin,
    I’m a Brit and a somewhat new reader (and blogger). However, I do intend to make daily returns to look at posts on your blogsite. Needless to say as I’m involved in archaeological research it is the archaeological content of your blog that appeals. The post about analysing bracteate motifs was particularly interesting reading.

  15. #15 Henrik
    March 8, 2007


  16. #16 Thinker
    March 8, 2007

    This Swede, living in a community littered with rune stones, came into first Salto Sobrius and then this blog from the bioscience (which is my professional background) and general skeptic route. I got stuck because of my interest in history and anything that gives me a new perspective on what it is to be a human being.

    That also points to what I’d like to see more of: posts that link yesterday to today, that illustrate the differences and similarities between societies then and now, as well as some geeky stuff about the application of science to archaeology. Oh, and pretty pictures, too (Ooh, shiny…)

  17. #17 Lester
    March 8, 2007

    You will be amazed to know that I read your comments in Puerto Rico, island in the Caribbean. I teach Humanities at a local science and engineering university, and am interested in archeology and humanism so, just keep plodding along. Saludos desde la isla del Encanto.

  18. #18 Karen
    March 8, 2007

    Yo Martin. What up?

  19. #19 Denis
    March 8, 2007

    Hi Martin! I guess I fall under the category of returning readers. I’m 25 from Saint-Petersburg and hold a PhD in Int’l Law. What I find here is info on contempory progress in Scandinavian archeology, which is hard to find in Russia. I’m also a leader for the community urnordisk on LiveJournal, which is devoted to Old Norse and Scandinavian culture and runology. This is a kind of ‘enlightenment’ communities.

    Since it’s my first comment here, let me say that you do a great job in this blog. Thank you!

  20. #20 KevinC
    March 8, 2007

    I’m down here in the Sonoran Desert in Yuma AZ. Just about to get a BS in Environmental Science, Biology and am looking for a job. Anybody need a desert river restored?

    Love your wide ranging topics, but I do enjoy the archeology posts the most.

  21. #21 SteveF
    March 8, 2007

    I take a look at the site a few times a week (though have been a bit slack lately!), both at home and at work. I’m a PhD student in middle Pleistocene climate and ecosystem change and spend a lot of my time looking at pollen and charcoal.

    I’m going to Iceland this summer, helping out on an undergraduate fieldtrip. I’d quite like to see some posts on Icelandic archaeology. Also, as I work at sites with Palaeolithic archaeology, a bit more on this time period!

  22. #22 Lord Runolfr
    March 8, 2007

    Greetings. I’m a technical writer, history geek (SCA goes beyond “history buff”), and “small fish” blogger. I started following your old blog last year as a result of the Skeptics’ Circle, and just followed when you migrated.

  23. #23 Martin R
    March 8, 2007

    Wonderful, everybody! Regularians, please keep ’em coming another few days, and then I’ll write it all up in a blog entry.

  24. #24 blf
    March 8, 2007

    I’m not quite a regular–yet–but have been lurking recently. I’m not French, but live in France. I’m not an archaeologist, but find the subject fascinating. I’m not Swedish, but have considered applying for jobs in Sweden. I don’t use Loads of Bugs From Redmond, but Unix since c.1980 and (nowadays) Linux. I don’t have a PhD, but do have two BSc (Maths and Engineering). I’m not religious, but don’t like the term atheist. I don’t play the game, but like Rugby. I don’t race, but do bicycle. I don’t drive–I gave up my car several years ago–but use the bus, train, and tram. And I need to take a vacation…

  25. #25 David Reiner
    March 8, 2007

    Martin, I’ve been checking in for some months and really enjoy the archaeology-oriented posts, but the personal ones are quite interesting, too, especially the music. I consider myself a science-minded layman when it comes to archaelogy, but I do work in a quantitative area and have a math PhD. I especially like to know how scientists in other fields [think they] know what they [say they] know. The press, and some scientists, seem to exaggerate the certainty of many claims/theories; e.g. the recent ossuary special.

    Thanks for many good reads!

  26. #26 J-Dog
    March 8, 2007

    Yo, yo, yo… Dug up bones, and have Anthro degree from US school, but wound up in sales / marketing, which is good, because I get to waste lots of time everyday reading SciBlogs and After The Bar Closes the Offically Uncommonly Dense Blog that makes fun of ID.;act=SF;f=14

    I like to read anthro and archaeology sites because they are interesting.

  27. #27 Julie Stahlhut
    March 8, 2007

    Hey! :-)

    I’m an insect molecular ecologist, and postdoc of non-traditional age, currently living and working in Rochester, New York, USA. I read all the ScienceBlogs regularly. I occasionally blog about life, insects, and everything, but by “occasionally” I mean “once every month or two”.

  28. #28 Ted
    March 8, 2007

    Hi Martin,

    I started reading the Scienceblogs a few months ago, and I discovered yours when it hosted the History Carnival last month. I majored in theater in College, but it I should have majored in history, so I too am more than just a history ‘buff’. History mega-geek would put it better.

    Anyway, just keep posting whatever you want, and I’ll be reading it.

  29. #29 Christina
    March 8, 2007

    Hej Martin!
    I owe you a reply from your last e-mail – it’s coming. I just wanted to say that I like your blog just how it is, but I also wanted to add that I have read your home page with the book reviews etc. Those reviews have been worth their weight in gold to me, because sometimes I get assigned some of those books for school and think to myself “Am I the only one who thinks this book is utter crap???” until I can confirm that you think so, too. Mostly, though, you have an elegant way of explaining some of the more difficult texts in a language even an idiot like myself can comprehend (I am sure you know that some of your esteemed colleagues have verbal runs and like to show how smart they are by constructing illegible sentences – you’re good at translating those, and often, showing them for what they are…fancy covers for holes in the science). It is always constructive criticism, and I have always found that when you chriticise, it’s deserved. That sends my thinking into a different loop, so that my thoughts come unstuck. Thanks for that. -T

  30. #30 Pierre
    March 8, 2007

    Youre doing a good job, keep it on!!

  31. #31 clem
    March 8, 2007

    Aging person from Michigan in the US here. You have a pretty good article mix going. I like stories about local digs and incidental finds, and I would like to see a dig diary project. I mean follow a dig from “This site would be interesting” and why through organizing, bureaucratic navigation, staffing, the dig itself and strategic decisions made, all the way to paper published (or not) and disposition of artifacts.

  32. #32 Jorg
    March 9, 2007


    My background is in astrophysics/Scandinavian studies (in particular, open cluster kinematics and metallicity (in the former) and Finno-Swedish folklore (in the latter)). I go to the Baltic in general as often as I can, which isn’t often enough (I grew up in Russian Karelia, but moved to the USA at a relatively early age)…I blog on everything and anything, but space exploration and the continuing threat of theocratic regime in the USA are somewhat high on the list.;)

    I am here fairly regularly, and, besides some miscellanea I must thank you for your musical references: so far, all good… More links to archives of medieval texts, please!

  33. #33 David Haskiya
    March 9, 2007

    Im an archaeologist specialised in computer applications and work at the Swedish National Heritage Board. My main job is to get more of our databases available on-line, which also includes trying to convince some of my bosses that the Interweb is neither a fad nor a a tool of the devil. In my spare time I enjoy beating the crap out of my squash opponents and watching high-brow and low-brow films in turn. Have followed and enjoyed your blog since you started dancind drunk.

  34. #34 Magnus Reuterdahl
    March 9, 2007

    I’m a Swedish archaeologist/osteoarchaeologist in my 30s. I have mainly worked with osteology and archaeological surveys, in Sweden, but I’m also working on a project that a colleague I started in 2003 called the Yangshao-project, regarding Chinese archaeology in general and the Neolithic Yangshao-culture particular. This spring were off for our second research journey to China, this time around in cooperation with the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University. I found Martins blogg when it was called Salto Sobrius and try to check it out at least once a week or when notified of intresting words from Dr Rundqvist.

    My main intressts concern the late iron age and early middleage in Scandinavia/north europe, with a special love for graves and burialgrounds. Besides this Chinese archaeology has become somewhat of a diversion (passion), especially the neolithic cultures around the Yellow river valley.

  35. #35 Bob O'H
    March 9, 2007


    I’m only semi-regular here (sorry). I’m British but have live d in Helsinki for 9 years (and Denmark for 18 months before that), so feel a bit of Nordic solidarity is called for (well, until the hockey starts).

    I’m a bio-statistician, so I’m only interested in archaeology because most things are interesting.

    I don’t really mind what you blog about: I’m sure it’ll be interesting and eclectic, which is why I come back.


  36. #36 AbsolutelyNoFaith
    March 9, 2007

    Hey! I’m a regular reader (daily, or every-other-day, regardless, I keep up and don’t miss an entry)

    43, American. MA in Chinese Art and Archaeology, Ph.D. candidate and ABD in perpetuity in Chinese Art History. (I went more modern for my dissertation, the topic was grave carvings and relations to patronage system in the civil service circa 200 CE)

    Love the archeology and atheism. Would love to hear more about ancient Swedish sites and cultures. (the stylistic similarities between the central-asian nomadic art and the early animal motifs I’ve seen on your blog are intriguing. But then I was always a sucker for the Central Asian nomadics, even the ones who were red-haired and wore tartan kilts in the west of China c.600 BCE)

    Keep it up!!


  37. #37 Meghan
    March 9, 2007

    I have a BA in anthropology and did contract archaeology in the upper midwest US for a couple years. Now I’m a grad student studying health behavior. I like the mix of articles, but especially the archaeology ones.

  38. #38 Hans Persson
    March 10, 2007

    I’m one of the regulars here that you have actually met, so you should know who I am already. 😉

    I like the mix as it is now. I’m not overly interested in the music parts of it, but I can easily skip those until I develop an interest.

  39. #39 Mick
    March 25, 2007

    Heya, long time reader second time commentator. I’m an archaeologist in Australia, just completing my PhD, and visit here via my trusty reader usually about once per week along with just about every other blog on related topics I can find. I first stumbled on your site almost 2 years ago I think, nice to see you have hung around! I’d really like to see more posts about research and contract archaeology in Europe, but I do enjoy the off topic posts most of the time and its easy enough to skip past them if I’m not interested.

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