Archives for April, 2007

Keeping Up With the Balts

As reported here before, a month from now there’s an interesting symposium in Estonia under the heading Rank, gender and society around the Baltic 400-1400 AD. I’m not going, but for those interested I append the list of participants and papers below the fold. I like to know a little about who’s doing what in…

Wish I Could Do That In Linux

For a few weeks, I’ve been slowly, slowly learning my way around the Open Source operating system Ubuntu Linux. Lots of things work just fine. Indeed, they work incredibly well considering that I downloaded an entire operating system with office software for free from the net. But every now and then I run into things…

Ubuntu Slip of the Tongue

Ubuntu Linux is a free Open Source operating system with office software, intended to empower the Third World by freeing it from dependence on Western software companies. It shares its name with a humanist ideology promoted by people such as Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. The software is also popular in the West, where most…

Weary Po-Mo Platitudes

Browsing through the reviews section of the current issue of Antiquity, I came across a confusing and irritating piece (behind a paywall) by one Dr. Charlotte Whiting. She works for the Council for British research in the Levant and is based in Amman in Jordan. Her review article treats three recent books on the Iron…

Scholarly Journals Anthology

Last week an anthology I’ve edited was delivered from the printers. Scholarly Journals Between the Past and the Future. The Fornvännen Centenary Round-Table Seminar. Stockholm, 21 April 2006. Kungliga Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, Konferenser 65. Stockholm 2007. 109 pp. ISBN 978-91-7402-368-8. On 21 April 2006 a round-table seminar took place on the premises of…

Letting It All Hang Out

Many senior Swedish archaeologists are afraid of metal detectors and uncomfortable with the idea that the public might have access to such machines. Likewise with information about the locations, or even the existence, of newly made metal detector finds. “Keep it quiet or you’ll attract looters.”

As reported here before, the Medieval church of Älvestad in Östergötland, Sweden, burned down on 29 March. On 12 April I visited the site and took some pix. I was somewhat heartened to see that what has been destroyed was largely a product of radical 18th century re-building. The remaining 12th century masonry is confined…

Hoary Oaks on Heathen Barrow

This entry was first published over the cell-phone network on my old site, without pix, on Friday 13 April. I write this sitting on a rock outcrop just east of the great barrow of Disevid in Heda parish. It brandishes four great old oaks at me as it sits across a little marsh with a…

900 Years Ain’t Old Enough

This entry was first published over the cell-phone network on my old site, without pix, on Thursday 12 April. This morning we wrapped up our 20 person-hours in Varv, joined by regular Dear Reader Lars Lundqvist. The weather was great, but we found nothing older than the 11th century. A fragment of interlace-decorated jewellery with…

Media Frenzy

This entry was first published over the cell-phone network on my old site, without pix, on Wednesday 11 April. This has been a stressful but fun day: I have spent most of it talking to the mainstream media. You see, I forgot to tell you yesterday that somehow regional radio had heard of the foil-figure…