Archives for June, 2007

Psycho Killer

Last week a mentally ill man shot one policeman to death and hurt three other people when they came to apprehend him in his home in the Swedish town of Nyköping. This is a very rare and shocking occurrence in Sweden, where gun control is such that most people have never seen a handgun. Wednesday,…

Six Months of Aard

Aardvarchaeology’s been on-line for half a year today! Before I came here, I’d been blogging at Salto sobrius for over a year, so by now this blogging thing is a big part of my lifestyle and self-image. I love it — I write about whatever’s occupying my mind, a pleasurable pastime in itself, and then…

There’s a newsbit doing the rounds of international summer-starved media about a funny cranium found at St. Nicholas’ church in Sarpsborg, Norway during excavations headed by Mona Beate Buckholm of Østfoldmuseet. The cranium belonged to a batch of bones surfacing when some rose bushes were moved. Radiocarbon dates them to most likely the 11th century…

In the current issue of Antiquity is a review of G.G. Fagan’s edited volume Archaeological Fantasies (available on-line behind a paywall). I reviewed this book favourably back in September: it’s pretty much a skeptical attack on pseudo-scientific archaeology. Antiquity’s reviewer, however, doesn’t like the book at all, and for an interesting reason. Wiktor Stoczkowski is…

Eight Pieces of Data

Been tagged with the same chain letter by the guys at Why Don’t You Blog? and Tim at Walking the Berkshires. So, in the interest of full disclosure, here are eight random facts about me. I’ve played seven matches of Jeopardy. I’m a Lord of the Forodrim. I once caught chlamydia from a registered midwife.…

More Vittene Gold

My friend Lars at Arkland always comes through with ace photographs when I ask for them. Here’s a pic he took in 1995 when a landowner at Vittene in Västergötland had come forth with an Early Iron Age gold torque he had kept in a closet for many years. In this picture, our late colleague…

Orbicular Diorite

Here’s some geology for a change. At Slättemossa in the province of Småland, southern Sweden, are found ice-polished outcrops of orbicular diorite (“Napoleonite”). This rock consists of granite balls covered with hornblende and other minerals and then encased in a granite matrix. When the inland ice ground the rock down, a smooth grey surface covered…

Goldhahn vs. Berntsson Fight Resolved

I’ve checked the literature and found out what really happened in the Goldhahn vs. Berntsson fight about barrow-building. Of course, whatever the result, it would have left the Lund Archaeological Review editors looking bad.

The fine British journal Antiquity is soliciting material for the Open Access section of its web site. Specifically, Martin Carver and his crew want a) the abstracts of recent doctoral theses with relevance for archaeology, b) obituaries of recently deceased archaeologists. Submit thesis abstracts here, obits here. In either case, you should of course also…

Panos Karnezis’s new novel The Birthday Party is a re-imagination of the life of Aristotle Onassis, the shipping magnate. The book is structured around the events of a single day and night towards the end of the tycoon’s life, though the bulk of the text is made up of deftly interleaved backstory. The storytelling method…