Archives for April, 2008

Restrictions on the use of metal detectors vary from country to country. In England, they are too lax. In Sweden, they are too strict. In Denmark, they are pretty much just right. As I’ve written before, I think everybody would stand to gain if the Swedish restrictions were eased. My idea is that we should…

Investigating the Field of Saint Olaf

Certain place names over most of agricultural Scandinavia suggest that sacred fields were once prominent features of the landscape there. This was in the 1st Millennium AD, the period I work with. We have places named Field of Thor, Field of Freyr, Field of Frigga, or just Field, and all tend to be central locations…

And It Went Wherever I Did Go

I’m spending tomorrow in a cultic field with Per Vikstrand and a metal detector. So I reckon it were best if we all had a look at the druggiest bit in all of Monty Python first.

Another Funny Brooch

Here’s a funny little guy from our site in Kaga. It’s a crumpled-up disc-brooch, about 75% complete, original diameter 71 mm, copper-alloy pin extant and folded into the brooch, pin-catch extant on back, apparently soldered on. On the surface of the brooch are a central large boss with mock-filigree, surrounded by five identical ones, and…

Tech Note: Help Me Choose a Smartphone

The audio connector on my Qtek 9100 smartphone (handheld computer cum cellphone) has crapped out for the second time in two years. The warranty’s lapsed, and repairing the thing would cost a third of what an equivalent machine of a current model would set me back. My 9100′s battery life is flagging, it’s a 2005…

Rupert Sheldrake Stabbed by Madman

On Wednesday 2 April, British fringe researcher Rupert Sheldrake was stabbed in the leg by a man showing symptoms of severe mental illness. The wound was serious but not fatal. The attacker struck shortly after Sheldrake had called a break in his presentation to the 10th International Conference on Science and Consciousness in Santa Fe,…

Tobias Bondesson has kindly sent me photographs of several interesting finds, taken during our recent fieldwork with the heavy dudes of the Gothenburg Historical Society. With his permission, I’ve inserted them into the relevant blog entries: Fieldwork in Hov and Vretakloster Fieldwork in Tingstad and Östra Husby Fieldwork in Kimstad and Kaga Tobias has also…

Carnivalia

The thirty-eighth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at A Very Remote Period Indeed. Archaeology and anthropology, and all seen in relation to the the Rice Track/Soccer Stadium in Houston, Texas. The next open hosting slot is on 4 June. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me.…

Kurtz Offer New Songs On RSS

Those questionable characters in productive Swedish goth band Kurtz have set up an RSS feed direct from their rehearsal room to your desktop. Coming up next: a song about a dorm mate of singer Pocke who was once in 1976 hung-over and wondered where the cereal bowls were. [More blog entries about music, rock, gothic,…

Podcast Passions

A week ago I complained that I couldn’t find any good podcasts, and you guys responded with a wealth of recommendations. More to my surprise, a number of irate fans of the popular Nobody Likes Onions podcast showed up. They left a bunch of nasty comments to the effect that I am a stuck-up faggot…