Archives for July, 2007

Funding Envy, Not Physics Envy

Dave over at The World’s Fair is asking a few questions about interdisciplinary envy. Do biologists wish they were physicists? Or do physicists dream of biology? And what about archaeologists? 1. What’s your current scientific specialty? I’m an archaeologist specialising in Scandinavian Prehistory, mainly the 1st Millennium AD. 2. Were you originally pursuing a different…

Lately I have come to think of books as computer devices, combining the functions of screen and backup medium. All texts these days are written and type-set on computers, so the paper thingy has long been a secondary manifestation of the text. People like publisher Jason Epstein and book blogger the Grumpy Old Bookman have…

Book Review: Moore, The Swap

Antony Moore’s novel The Swap is set in southern England in 2006 and revolves around a school reunion of people born in 1970. It’s a murder mystery and a love story, a humorous tale about being startled out of complacency and boredom by unexpected events, about letting go of your past and moving on. It’s…

Brief Mountain Summer

[More blog entries about hiking, Sweden, Norway, mountains; fjällvandra, Sverige, Norge, Dalarna.] Spent Monday through Wednesday on a trip to Lake Grövelsjön in the mountainous northwesternmost corner of Dalecarlia province. The lake is sausage-shaped with one end in Sweden and the other in Norway. On Tuesday my wife and I hiked around it, a walk…

Tangled Bank 83

[More blog entries about science, medicine, biology, carnival, tangledbank; vetenskap, biologi, medicin.] Welcome to Aardvarchaeology and the 83rd Tangled Bank blog carnival! This is the blog where all of science — natural, social and historical — is just seen as one big bunch of adjunct disciplines to the study of societies of the past. “What…

Tangled Bank Appears Thursday

Gone mountain hiking with this babe I met at a party eight years ago. The Tangled Bank blog carnival will be one day late.

[More blog entries about architecture, history, Sweden, Victorian; arkitektur, historia, oscariansk, Wallenberg, Saltsjöbaden.] The area where I grew up once belonged to the village of Neglinge, a group of small holdings on the inner margin of the Stockholm archipelago. The nearby inlet was briefly used as a harbour by a foreign fleet in the High…

[More blog entries about archaeology, Sweden, Mesolithic, forestfire; arkeologi, mesolitikum, Tyresta, skogsbrand.] Spent Friday working for my friends Mattias Pettersson and Roger Wikell, digging on one of their Mesolithic sites in the Tyresta nature reserve south of Stockholm. It’s an incredible place. Imagine:

Call for Submissions

Time to get those ace blog entries written! On Wednesday we have a Four Stone Hearth at Clioaudio (submit archaeology and anthropology entries here). 4SH also has open hosting slots from September onward. On Thursday there’s a Tangled Bank here at Aard (submit life-sciences entries here). ASAP there will be a one-off carnival here at…