Archives for April, 2007

Whither Archaeology?

Since the 1980s there has been a post-modernist movement in Western European archaeology where a strong influence from lit-crit, sociology and Continental philosophy has been felt. This has led, among other things, to radical relativism in some scholars, and to a tendency for archaeology departments to harbour and publish work that a) does not treat…

Saxophone Detector

Just a note about yesterday’s metal detecting at the Baggensstäket battlefield. We worked for less than four hours, but I got lucky and ran into the burnt remains of wooden fortifications on a seaward slope. Loads of nails and spikes in one place, and thanks to the fire, some were in pristine shape. Beautiful smithwork:…

Pageranked

Yay, Aard‘s finally got a Google PageRank! Instead of rising gradually over the past four months, it’s been zero until it suddenly jumped to six out of ten. The hapless porn surfers are already arriving in droves. Welcome guys! “Teeny teeny porn porn sex sex big booty”, everyone!

Roger Blidmo 1951-2007

[More blog entries about archaeology, Sweden, business, obituary; arkeologi, uppdragsarkeologi, dödsruna.] Dr. Roger Blidmo died of a heart attack yesterday. I just talked to a long-time employee of his who confirmed the rumour. The guy was only 56. My heart goes out to his family. Roger was one of Swedish archaeology’s most famous/notorious participants, known…

Four Stone Hearth Co-Admin

As you may have noticed, founding father Kambiz has been very busy lately, and his brainchild the Four Stone Hearth blog carnival has not quite received the attention it needs. Now, I’m not as good as Kambiz at web design, but I’m OK at long-running repetitive administrative tasks. So I’ve joined the K as co-admin…

Battle of Baggensstäket

[More blog entries about archaeology, Sweden, history; arkeologi, Nacka, historia.] Long-time Dear Readers may remember the visit I paid last May to the wooded Skogsö hills where the Battle of Baggensstäket was fought in 1719. Bo Knarrström, Tomas Englund and the others on their project team are now back on the site with their metal…

Wiley InterScience Needs Schoolin’

OMG, how stupid! And I ain’t foolin’. The other day my SciBling Shelley at Retrospectacle got nastygrammed by Wiley InterScience for reproducing part of a figure from a paper in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture! Shelley had provided due reference to where she had found the figure and used it to…

Viking Town Seminar

[More blog entries about archaeology, Sweden, vikingperiod, vikings, Denmark, Germany; arkeologi, vikingar, vikingatiden, Tyskland, Danmark.] I made one of my infrequent visits to the University of Stockholm campus today. After getting my PhD in 2003 I was really tired of the place, and I’ve pretty much stayed away since apart from a few vivas (Sw.…

Statshot

I’ve just sheepishly realised that I did something wrong four months ago when I installed the script code for the hit counters I use for this site. Forget anything I may have said about this blog’s readership. It’s way, way higher than I thought. In fact, it pretty much doubled the moment I moved to…

More Viking Period Amber Gaming Pieces

[More blog entries about archaeology, Sweden, vikingperiod, vikings, gaming, amber; arkeologi, vikingar, vikingatiden, Småland, spel, bärnsten] As told here before, in 2005 I was lucky enough to take part in unearthing the first set of amber gaming pieces to surface in Sweden for over a century. They were in a boat inhumation burial at Skamby…