Archives for August, 2007

You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. The original text adventure game, ADVENT, was written in the mid-1970s by Stanford student Will Crowther. This game begat Zork, then King’s Quest, then any number of other adventure games on various computer platforms until the present day, when Second Life and World of…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The twentyfirst Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Archaeolog. Check it out! Archaeology and anthropology to make you squeal and titter with delight. There’s an open hosting slot on 26 September 10 October and further ones later in the fall. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to…

Alsengem Found in Sweden

Lund Alsengems are little multilayered button-like discs of coloured glass with incised human stick-figures on one side. Archaeology became aware of them in 1871 when one was found on the Danish island of Als. These gems are pretty coarse and ugly compared to the exquisite agate and intaglio ones of Classical antiquity, but they nevertheless…

Sättuna Barrow Seen from Boat

My dad tried out his new motorboat recently, going with my extra mom from Stockholm around Scania to Gothenburg and then across the country through the Göta Canal to Norrköping and back north to Stockholm again. Passing through Lake Roxen he sought out Sättuna in Kaga parish on the lake’s SW shore and took the…

The poet, philologist and bishop Esaias Tegnér (1782-1846) once wrote, All bildning står på ofri grund till slutet Blott barbariet var en gång fosterländskt “All our learning must always stand on a slavish foundation Barbarism is our single true heritage” This was in the context of how nice Tegnér felt that the late-18th century reign…

Blog Carnival Call for Submissions

Wednesday 15 August will see the Four Stone Hearth blog carnival appear in all its archaeo/anthro glory at Archaeolog. If you have read or blogged anything good on those themes lately, then make sure to submit it to one of the blog editors ASAP. (You are encouraged to submit stuff you’ve found on other people’s…

Wart-Biter Cricket

Last night when I turned out the lights, something the size of a mouse jumped out of a lamp. We’ve had a bit of summer heat lately, and the balcony door has been open a lot. The creature turned out to be a wart-biter Great Green Bush-cricket female (Dectius verrucivorus Tettigonia viridissima), longer than my…

Turn On, Tune In LazyTown, Drop Out

My kids have taken to watching LazyTown, this really druggy and garish kids’ show on Playhouse Disney. It’s got a lot of caricatured puppets of children with the hands of real people, but also three live actors, the main character played by a little girl in a pink wig. The live actors, particularly the tall…

Villestofte: Danish Bog Booty

Long-time Dear Readers may remember that I’ve written in the past about the wonderful Danish war booty sacrifices. Victorious defenders dunked the equipment of foreign armies they had beaten into sacred lakes, mainly during the Late Roman Iron Age c. AD 150-400. The lakes soon silted up into bogs, whose anaerobic conditions preserved the weaponry…

Reader Mug Shot Gallery

Curious about what the Aard regulars look like? I am! If you consider yourself an Aardvarchaeology regular, then please gimme a pic of yourself and I’ll put it into this gallery post. If you’ve got a pic on-line somewhere, just put a link to it in a comment. Otherwise, feel free to email me a…