Archives for August, 2007

Digging Graves is Dangerous

Here’s a piece of news that hit uncomfortably close to home. A grave digger in Eslöv, southern Sweden, fell victim to a work-place accident yesterday. While the man was in the trench, the grave-side spoil dump collapsed onto him, killing him instantly. I am only somewhat reassured by the fact that this was the kind…

Book Review: Barlow, Sharp Teeth

Dear Reader, Would you like to read about werewolf communes? The beasties live quietly in southern California Doing dirty work for the drugs trade Sharing pack mentality, each with a queen bitch Riding their vans to the desert’s edge, changing Into quadruped form and running long nights Through the sagebrush, panting and exhilarated Would you…

Harbour of the Sheaf Kings

I’ve spent the day metal-detecting for a project called Vasakungarnas Djurhamn, that is, “Animal Harbour of the Sheaf Kings”. This name may not make much sense to you, Dear Reader, so let me explain. In the 1520s Gustaf Eriksson, the most successful of many ambitious young noblemen at the time who tended to end up…

Swedish Summer Evening

[More blog entries about photography, geocaching, Sweden, sightseeing; nacka, foto, sightseeing, geocaching.] After my daughter went to bed I took GPS navigator and camera and rode my bike out past the golf course and into the woods to look for a new geocache only 1.5 kms from my home. Took some pix for y’all —…

The Amazing Meeting 5.5

Registration has opened for The Amazing Meeting 5.5, a skeptical conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on 25-27 January 2008. The conference takes its name from skeptical godfather James (The Amazing) Randi, who will preside over the event together with Hal Bidlack. The theme of the meeting is Skepticism & Activism. Among the speakers are 9/11-conspiracy…

As an archaeologist you get a funny perspective on time — occupational hazard. For years I’ve been musing about what traces our era will leave to last into the far future. I’ve been thinking about six-lane highways with their cuttings through hills and their earthen banks across depressions. In my mind’s eye I’ve seen my…

On-line Open Access “journals” and e-text repositories are very nice, but archaeology doesn’t have any big or commonly used ones yet. This may be about to change with the Italian site Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology. At the moment, much of the site is in Italian. Full-text repository searches for the words “Mesolithic”, “Mycenaean”…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The twentieth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Afarensis. Check it out! Archaeology and anthropology to put a spring in your step and a glint in your eye.

New Age Vibes at Archaeological Sites

Recent discoveries by my friend Lars got me thinking about New Age archaeology. The Mid-summer hippie/druid vs. police battles for Stonehenge are legendary. A few years ago I was given a guided tour of the Salisbury Plain’s finest sites by my charming scholar friend Rebecca Montague. Entering the West Kennet long barrow’s megalithic burial chamber,…