Archives for March, 2008

Bodice-Ripper Archaeology

In 2005, when Howard Williams and I and a bunch of hard-working people excavated a Viking Period boat grave at Skamby in Östergötland, we found a funny little silver pin. It wasn’t in the grave, it was found just outside the edge of the superstructure, near the ground surface, though technically in a culture layer…

Book review: Prothero, Evolution

I read Donald Prothero’s Evolution for the palaeontology and general evolutionary zoology, and I was not disappointed. The book is up-to-date, well-argued, well-illustrated and aimed at the educated lay reader. Stylistically, it’s not bad, though poorly copy-edited, and I did find the author’s use of exclamation marks and italics a little overdone. Nevertheless: this is…

I’m Praised in Romanian, I Think

My on-line buddy Vladimir over at Diogenes’s Bottle has blogged extensively and almost incomprehensibly about my humble personage. Just look at the possibly wonderful (or not) things he has to say about me! La început – e drept – ideea ma amuza, caci citeam constant blogul lui Martin, un prieten suedez arheolog, care s-a mutat…