Archives for November, 2007

Going to Cons

Two months from now I’m going to spend a week on the US East Coast, attending two conferences and doing some sightseeing. From 18 to 22 January I’ll be in the Chapel Hill/Durham area of North Carolina for the 2nd Science Blogging Conference, where I’m co-chairing a session on blogging about the humanities and social…

Lucifer Over London

Dear Reader, have you lately heard much merry folk rock with apocalyptic lyrics about the coming of the Antichrist over London? My dear friend Asko is, among other things, a war gamer, a geocacher, an antiquarian amateur, a fiction writer and a musician. Hear him play the bass on releases by 90s stoner rock outfit…

Hopeful Buttons

Dear Reader, it’s been a while since I asked you to press any buttons. If you like Aard, and haven’t already done so, would you please do me the favour of pressing a button in the left-hand column, right below my profile? Good grades make blogger happy! Thanks.

Archaeologists have an extremely strange worldview. We never simply see what’s going on around us right now: we keep thinking about what a place would have looked like hundreds of years ago, or what it will look like in the far future. The Onion has a great piece on-line about just that: “Crime Scene Investigators…

I’m on a guest blogger roll. Here’s something about 11th and 12th century metalworking finds from Sigtuna near Stockholm by my friendly colleague Anders Söderberg. He and our mutual friend Ny Björn Gustafsson are making sense of stuff that usually ends up with burnt daub in large anonymous sacks that nobody ever opens. Impressive work!…

Viking Wreckage Found at Birka?

Maritime archaeologists have found what may be the first Viking ship, or at least some wreckage, in the Lake Mälaren area. A T-sectioned multi-meter timber looking a lot like a keel lies half-buried in the culture layer on the lakefloor just off the proto-town of Birka on Björkö. Thanks to Hans of Du är vad…

[More blog entries about skepticism, christianity, religion, atheism, jesus; religion, kristendom, jesus, ateism, skepticism, skepsis.] Guest blogger Jim Benton, scourge of faiths big and small, pokes a few innovative holes in the logical fabric of Christianity. Introduction — Joseph, the ‘Five Rocks,’ and the Problem of Communication. This article began as a series of four…

17th Century Urban Archaeology

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…

A press release for you archaeoheads: An award of $2000 is made to honor outstanding efforts to enhance public understanding of archaeology, in memory of Gene S. Stuart, a writer and managing editor of National Geographic Society books. The Award is given to the most interesting and responsible original story or series about any archaeological…

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