Fornvännen (“the Friend of Ancient Things”) is one of the main journals of Scandy archaeology and Medieval art. It’s been issued 4-6 times a year since 1906, for the past several decades on a quarterly schedule, and I’ve been a co-editor since 1999. The first 100 volumes have been scanned and are available on-line. Later issues are appearing on-line too with a 6-month delay, though we haven’t quite ironed out the routines for that yet.
Issue 2008:3 recently came from the printers. Here’s what’s in it:
- Hans Olsson and Katherine Bless Karlsen present an Early Mesolithic (c. 6900 cal BC) site with hut foundations, very unusual for the wooded province of Värmland.
- Andreas Toreld publishes and discusses new documentation of an engraved stone slab in my ancestral parish of Tanum in Bohuslän (pic above). Is it a Neolithic stele?
- Ole Thirup Kastholm argues, against received opinion, that there is in fact a number of details in Scandinavian ship finds suggesting technological continuity from the Last Millennium BC to the 1st Millennium AD.
- Anna Linderholm and her colleagues present and discuss stable isotope analyses on 11th and 12th century burials from Björned in Ångermanland. They suggest that the burials represent a Christian congregation that migrated to the area from elsewhere. (This paper has also been published in Linderholm’s recent PhD thesis.)
- Reports from three recent conferences: one on bogs in Borås, TAG US in New York and WAC in Dublin.
- Finally, fifteen book reviews.
Fornvännen is a really good read for anyone with an interest in our subjects. Most of the contributions are written in Scandy languages and English. I enjoy working with it a lot!