Archives for May, 2007

Dear Reader Arkein from the land of the Freedom Fries and EuroDisney set me a-thinking about Medieval barns, butcheries, kitchens and dinner-tables. I’ve got a story about that, and I believe it’s far more likely to be true than that slanderous yarn about Louis XIV’s pinkie. The English language has different words for livestock species…

Blogging here at Sb has many advantages, one of which is a free subscription to Seed. I received the latest four issues the other day and have been reading them with great interest. It’s a very pretty mag with great content. One detail surprises me. Almost all Most of the models in the ads are…

Syphilitic Pinkie

Here’s a story I heard a long time ago about syphilis. I don’t know if it’s true: you tell me, Dear Reader. You know how posh little old ladies and flamboyant gay men like to hold their pinkie finger in the air when drinking tea? This is because of syphilis at the court of Louis…

Are Humans Polygamous?

[More blog entries about sex, monogamy, polygamy, evolutionarypsychology; sex, polygami, monogami, evolutionär psykologi.] The nature vs. nurture debate will always be with us poor cultured apes. Only very rarely can we lay the blame for our behaviour on genetic programming. A typical issue is that of monogamy. I happened upon two bloggers (here and here)…

I’m proof-reading pdf files of Fornvännen’s summer issue, including a note I’ve written about the Kaga foil-figure die. It’s full of ugly hyphenations, but contentwise it’s OK. So I’ve put the file on-line here for all you guldgubbar fans. Update 21 April ’08: And here’s the final printed version. [More blog entries about archaeology, Sweden,…

[More blog entries about atheism, religion, christianity, science, god; ateism, religion, kristendom, vetenskap, gud.] Science can never have an opinion about the existence or non-existence of a god who keeps himself hidden and doesn’t interfere with the world. Thus many scientists take the position that god questions are beyond scientific inquiry. In this book, Victor…

An Evening in Suitland

Saturday I slipped on a tux for about the fourth time in my life and went to my little cousin’s wedding. It turned out a visit to another world, or at least an alien subculture: corporate suit land. Everybody was a lawyer or a businessperson with a lot more money than I’ll ever have, and…

Samian ware is beautiful reddish amber-coloured pottery, made in moulds and often decorated with figural reliefs. In recent times it has been given the Latin moniker terra sigillata. It was made in peripheral parts of the Roman Empire and rarely moved far beyond its borders. The Swedish finds can be counted on the fingers of…

Hopeful Buttons Again

Time to ask the regulars to push some buttons again. (You do realise that this is just an experiment in behavioristic psychology?) On average, this blog sees about 90 daily visits from returning readers. If, on average, the blog’s regulars visit the site only every second day, this means that I have about 180 steady…

Dear Reader, are you into archaeological surveying? Contour mapping, field walking, metal detecting, aerial photography, geophysics, truffle hogs? Then Kate Page-Smith has a conference session for you at the 13th EAA annual meeting in Zadar, Croatia, in September. Investigating Archaeological Survey With a tradition stretching back over 300 years, archaeological survey and investigation deserves a…