Archives for August, 2007

Prof Steve Hits Scandinavia

Internationally reknowned evolutionary biologist and legendary party animal Professor Steve Steve is on tour in Scandinavia. In the above image, taken moments ago, the professor and I discuss evo-devo on the Rundkvist family’s balcony in Fisksätra outside Stockholm. I hear he’s got some radical new discoveries in zebrafish teratology in the publishing pipeline, apparently the…

Jonathan’s Mortuary House

My friend and colleague Jonathan Lindström is a talented man. He started out as a teen amateur astronomer and local historian of his dad’s coastal Estonian heritage, became a field archaeologist, then an ad copy-writer, then a museum staff writer and artist, and now he’s a freelance science writer and artist contracted by Sweden’s largest…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The twenty-second Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Hominin Dental Anthropology. Check it out! Archaeology and anthropology to send you spinning into space like a SPACE APE. The next open hosting slot is on 24 October. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me.

Skeptics’ Circle 68

Welcome to Aardvarchaeology and the 68th Skeptics’ Circle blog carnival! For first-time visitors, let me say that this is a blog about whatever runs through the mind of a skeptical research archaeologist based in Stockholm, Sweden. For first-time carnivalers, let me explain that here, skepticism means to not believe anything without good reason, and to…

There’s been some discussion lately about chess-playing software and intelligence. Some smart humans play chess well. Certain software can beat them at chess. Does this mean that the software is smarter than those humans? Of course not. For one thing, intelligence is about versatility, about being able to perform innumerable different and unfamiliar tasks that…

Tomorrow, 30 August, Aard will be the site of the 68th Skeptics’ Circle blog carnival. Please submit good skeptical writing to me! Today, the Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will be held at Hominin Dental Anthropology. If that isn’t a heavy metal blog name, then I don’t know what is. It ain’t too late to…

Sado Moss

Dear Reader, you of course know that there’s a rare moss named Anomodon attenuatus. But did you know that its Swedish name is piskbaronmossa, “Whip Baron Moss”? I wonder if it grows upon the grave of the Marquis de Sade.

Ernie Alarm Clock

My friend and colleague Robert is a collector, and so is his wife. She’s into Oscar II memorabilia and vintage lingerie in its original packaging, he’s into almost everything. Robert’s collector’s heart of hearts, though, is with cartoon figurines. Wallace and Gromit in particular, but he ranges widely. Above is shown his latest acquisition: a…

Michael Shanks on Seed Salon

It is with mixed feelings that I note that Seed has recruited an archaeologist for its Seed Salon dialogue feature (“yesss!”), and that the one they’ve chosen is Mike Shanks (“nooo!”). Now, why would anyone dislike Mike Shanks? Well, because of, in one word, post-modernism. I read Shanks’s dreadful 1987 co-authored book Social Theory and…

Last Monday, we had a guest entry by my friend Howard Williams about his excavation of a Devon manor site abandoned in the 1580s. Here’s his account of some other recent work of his, stuff many people may not recognise as archaeology, but nevertheless treating source material that very few non-archaeologist scholars pay much attention…