Archives for June, 2008

More Djurhamn Tree House Ruins

Back in February I showed you some pix of abandoned tree houses at Djurhamn. One of them had a computer, just like my son once reported visiting a tree house with a typewriter. I’ve spent the past three days metal detecting in the same area, falsifying our working hypothesis that there would be easily accessible…

Continued Surveying at Djurhamn

With my buddies Kjell Andersson and Lasse Winroth, and supported by the amazing Ehrsson brothers Rune & Tore, I’ve been back metal detecting around the Harbour of the Sheaf Kings for two days. Last summer I did some work along the current shores of the harbour site, covering available flat ground and finding nothing I…

Culture Does Not Optimise

Two entries of Afarensis’s have inspired me to set something down that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Afarensis mentions a forthcoming paper by Lyman, VanPool & O’Brien that will be published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. They’re looking at change in arrowhead types over time from an evolutionary perspective. “…there is…

The Secrets Behind Names

I have become increasingly fascinated with place names. The other day I bought my second copy of Svenskt ortnamnslexikon, “Swedish place-name encyclopedia” (ed. Mats Wahlberg 2003). One often-consulted copy is in my office, and I’ve missed it many times — at home while reading or conversing, and particularly in the car when passing intriguing signposts.…

Raison de Bloguer

Asked a reader, “There are many, many academic bloggers out there feverishly blogging about their areas of interest. Still, there are many, many more academics who don’t. So, why do you blog …” As I’ve noted before, I blog because it makes me feel like a ten-foot diamond on a Christmas tree. To me, blogging…

Game Review: Discipline the Simian

Played a fun card game with a somewhat off-colour name today: Spank the Monkey from 2003. The object of the game is literally to catch a monkey and whack its little hairy behind. Why? Because all the players are employees at a junk yard, and the monkey’s being a nuisance. It’s built itself a tower…

The 43rd instalment of the Four Stone Hearth anthro & archaeo blogging carnival will come on-line at Paddy K’s Swedish Extravaganza on Wednesday 18 June. Send links to good recent anthroblogging to him! It needn’t be your own stuff: submit all the goodies you’ve read lately. The next open hosting slot is on 16 July.…

Early Neolithic Golf Course

I’ve made two archaeological field interventions today. First I seeded a site with finds, then I got some finds out of another site. Fieldwalking back in March, I found a grindstone and some knapped quartz at a Bronze Age site in Botkyrka parish. Taking their positions with GPS, I’ve filed a brief archive report on…

Buying a New Board Game

Lately I’ve been playing more board games, thanks to gaming friends moving to my area, and also to my son and his buddies reaching an age where they can understand and enjoy games. I have a number of good board games from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and the newest one in the house is…

Dog Detectorists

At the request of Aard regular and archaeologist Mathias Blobel in Freiburg, Germany, here’s a summary of a recent paper in Swedish. In Fornvännen 2007:3, husband & wife historians of archaeology Drs Åsa Gillberg and Ola W. Jensen note that there are currently ongoing attempts to train dogs to sniff out archaeology, much like they…