My friendly colleague Claes Pettersson heads excavations in Jönköping, a town in Småland. His team is working with 17th-century urban layers in a part of town that was laid out and settled by royal decree starting in the 1620s. Here are his pics of a few cool finds.
A shard from a painted window.
Part of a sword hilt, decorated with sweet non-sword-wielding little putti. (This piece is going to be sooo pretty after conservation.)
A baker’s mould depicting King Gustavus II Adolphus. In modern times, there has arisen a tradition to eat cake bearing the king’s image on the anniversary of his battlefield death. Such cakes were however unknown during his lifetime, and so Claes hypothesises that the mould may have been used to make funeral sweets out of black marzipan, a popular treat at the time. (I’ve enhanced the contrast of Claes’s photograph to bring the chubby king out.)
A heavy lead bullet was found stuck in a floor board in the ruins of a house built in the 1620s. Explains Claes, “Most likely wood salvaged from the old town area, and if so probably a memento from the siege of Jönköping Castle in 1612! These days, most of our Danish visitors are considerably more peaceful.”