Archives for October, 2008

Purse Torment Tavern

Dear Reader Dveej asked me to write some more about the Purse Torment Tavern south of Stockholm. Its name is Pungpinan which is pretty funny, as pung doesn’t just mean purse or pouch, but in modern Swedish more commonly scrotum. The name might thus be translated “Purse Torment” or “Pain in the Ball Sack”, or…

Names of the Close Horizon

Looking at a map of Stockholm’s suburbs, you find a swarm of place names denoting housing areas. The housing is almost entirely 20th century. But many of the names go back a thousand years or more. Today they’re all just suburbs. But not so long ago, all of these names were part of a hierarchical…

The European Science Foundation has a project called the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH). … there are specifities [!] of Humanities research, that can make it difficult to assess and compare with other sciences. Also, it is not possible to accurately apply to the Humanities assessment tools used to evaluate other types of…

Classifying an Archaeologist

Carl Lipo at Evolution Beach has been kind enough to recommend Aard to his readers. He characterises me as “a big advocator for science based archaeology in the classic ‘New Archaeology’ sense”. It’s not the first time I’ve been called a New Archaeology guy, and I don’t consider it unflattering, but I do feel that…

New Estonian Boat Graves

One or more boat burials have just been excavated on the Estonian island of Saaremaa! Rich weapon burials with multiple inhumations, provisionally dated to the 8th century (though I’m pretty sure they’ll turn out to be 9th century). Check out the Salmepaat blog! Via Kristin Ilves on the Swedish archaeology mailing list.

Anthro Blog Carnival

The fifty-second Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Greg Laden’s blog. Archaeology and anthropology, and all dedicated to the memory of Bertrade de Montfort! The oft-married Count Fulk IV of Anjou was married to the mother of his son in 1089, when the lovely Bertrade caught his eye. According to the chronicler John…

Elephant 6 Nostalgia Tour

I’ve reached an age where some of my generation’s brightest pop musicians are doing nostalgia tours. The Olivia Tremor Control reunited! But guys, couldn’t you please write us some new songs as well?

Carina Andersson and Rickard Franzén at the Swedish National Heritage Board have put together a report in Swedish titled “What Does Contract Archaeology Really Cost?”. Their answer to the question is, briefly, “less overall than the County Archaeologists would actually allow”. County Archaeologists all over Sweden put out lots of contract work to tender and…

Research Council Grants Announced

The Swedish Research Council has just announced its 2008 project grants for research in the humanities and social sciences. 106 out of 993 submitted projects (10%) have received funding. Only two archaeologists got money: Thomas B. Larsson (b. 1953) who works with the Scandinavian Bronze Age, and Susanne Berndt Ersöz (b. 1959) who works with…

Among Friends & Foes

Yesterday I gave a talk at a seminar organised by my friends in the Djurhamn project. This was interesting from a scholarly, a professional and a social point of view. Not least piquant was that I ended up chatting briefly with two ladies whom I have criticised sharply in various media over the Ales stenar…