I’m on a train in Östergötland. A while back I caught a fond glimpse of the barrow at Stora Tollstad in Sjögestad that me & Howard Williams trial-trenched and dated to the 9th century in 2006.

I’m giving a talk this afternoon to my colleagues at the Jönköping County Museum’s excavation unit about my research in Östergötland.

I think it’s pretty damn cool to have wireless broadband on a train.


  1. #1 eleanora
    February 14, 2008

    Another friend has just got a new phone with a camera and has posted photos from on the bus. It must be the day for this sort of thing.

    Good luck with the talk.

  2. #2 KevinC
    February 14, 2008

    I think it’s pretty cool to even have trains. Wish we had a real passenger rail system in the US. Train with broadband even better, but I would still have a hard time not staring out the window.

  3. #3 Mattias
    February 15, 2008

    I think it’s pretty damn cool to have barrows.

    How did the presentation go?

  4. #4 Martin R
    February 15, 2008

    Kevin, it really is a shame that the US has such crap railroads. I mean, trains are twice as fast as cars these days, you can work while you travel, and it’s better for the environment. Definitely something for prez Obama to look into.

    Mattias, the presentation went pretty well! The crowd was kinda quiet, but the vibe was friendly, and they gave me a custard bun and a bunch of books afterwards.

  5. #5 blue collar scientist
    February 16, 2008

    Yeah, ummm…. I envy that you have trains, *and* that you have wireless broadband on them. That rocks. I thought I had gotten spoiled on my recent trip to Washington DC, what with the metro and all, but I didn’t even think about broadband possibilities.

  6. #6 Martin R
    February 16, 2008

    They have a number of different connection methods, relying mainly on a satellite dish on the locomotive’s roof. My Jönköping colleague Claes told me that he has arranged with the County Museum to reckon his long commutes to Scania as work hours. Superbly productive time since there are no distractions.

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