Archives for September, 2007

Screaming Lead Hailstorm

Friday last week I did some met-det for Thomas Englund and Bo Knarrström at the 1719 battlefield at Baggensstäket on Skogsö, of which I’ve blogged before. This time I was directed to a hillside that had seen heavy musket fire. I may not have had much balls when I came there, but I certainly did…

Six New Finds from Kaga

Here are the fruits of my ten hours of metal detecting in Kaga while Immo and Per mucked around with the magnetometer Wednesday and Thursday. Top left is a spool-shaped copper-alloy handle, cast around a slim iron rod that’s broken off at the lower end. There’s indistinct cast relief decoration on the handle, and its…

Magnetometry in Kaga

Originally posted 19 September from my handheld via the cell network and e-mail to my old site. Drove to Linköping this morning listening to the Digital Planet podcast, M Coast’s latest album and a Povel Ramel hits collection. On site in Kaga I was greeted by my friendly National Heritage Board colleages Immo Trinks and…

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Howard’s Swedish Speaking Dates

My friend Howard Williams of the University of Exeter touched down at Arlanda airport in Sweden a couple of hours ago. He’s here for a few weeks of study and also giving talks at four archaeology departments. Good stuff for all friends of the Dark Ages! Wednesday 19th September, 13.00 University of Stockholm ‘Memories in…

Children of the Posthole

Up until a thousand years ago, almost all buildings in Scandinavia through the ages had roof-supporting posts dug into the ground. Postholes are lovely things: they’re deep enough for at least the bottom end to survive heavy ploughing, they trap a lot of interesting stuff while a house is being built – lived in –…

Science Blogging Study

A couple of other bloggers here at Sb are writing a paper on the impact of science blogs on the outside world. You, Dear Reader, can help them by

P.J. and Björk

Here’s something everybody’s watching right now in Sweden because one of our best pop music journalists is linking to it from the main newspaper’s web site. Thought music lovers elsewhere might like it too: Björk Guδmundsdóttir and P.J. Harvey performing “Satisfaction” at the 1994 Brit Awards. The ladies are 29 and 25 here, raw power!

Subway Conversation

From Tor yesterday (and I translate): A short while ago I sat down in the subway beside a sixtyish lady, opened my backpack and got out a book titled From Frege to Gödel. A conversation ensued. “Oh my, that’s a thick book! Is it maths?” (Tor sighs silently and pulls out his ear plugs.) “Yes,…

Six New Coins of Olof

Olof Eriksson skotkonungr (c. 980-1021) is the first man of whom historical sources of adequate quality tell that he managed to get himself elected king of both the Götar and the Svear. These tribal groups had previously been organised separately, and thus Olof may fairly be seen as the first king of Sweden as we…