Saxophone Detector

i-3259ba88af5df07b4e46b1fd9d282efa-Saxophone Player.jpgJust 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: octagonal cross-sections, square heads with bevelled edges — all clearly taken from army stores (or the royal shipwharfs in town?) when news of the Russian approach arrived. Also charcoal and fire-cracked stone. I’d like to see an excavation there.

Bo Knarrström had modded his White detector with a smaller antenna coil and programmed it for hyper-sensitivity. Also, he wore no head phones. As a result, wherever he went he gave off sounds like a really tortured, unstructured, pilled-up free-jazz saxophone solo. I had brought my C-scope, and it served me well, though my headphones didn’t work and the others said I sounded like an irate wasp.

The fieldwork at Baggensstäket is part of research performed by the Battlefield Team at the National Heritage Board of Sweden.

Comments

  1. #1 Lars L
    April 29, 2007

    “I had brought my C-scope, and it served me well, though my headphones didn’t work and the others said I sounded like an irate wasp”. I know how you sounds, MArtin, but how did your metal detector sound?

  2. #2 Martin R
    April 30, 2007

    My detector is a Metal Detector and it ROCKS HARD.

  3. #3 Lars L
    April 30, 2007

    :-)

  4. #4 Hans Persson
    May 2, 2007

    I dug about 0.5 m3 of what is to be our potato-growing patch yesterday. I must also have unearthed wooden fortifications or something like that, since I unearthed 20 nails in various stages of rustiness. ;-)

  5. #5 Martin R
    May 2, 2007

    That does it. Your potato patch is now a scheduled ancient monument. Excavations start as soon as you have amassed the necessary funds.

  6. #6 Hans Persson
    May 2, 2007

    Hm. Having someone else remove the masses of weeds there doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all…

  7. #7 Martin R
    May 2, 2007

    Aha, you’re growing weed, not potatoes? You’re such a stoner, Hans.

  8. #8 paonesasd
    October 10, 2008

    i love la saxophonist in de picture of le god.

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