It’s been over half a year since the last de-lurk. Aard currently has over 150 returning visitors daily (out of about 730 uniques). Since not everyone checks in every day, this translates to several hundred — possibly a thousand — regulars who read the blog at least once a week. So, everybody, please comment away, as briefly or verbosely as you like, and do consider telling us a little about yourself!


  1. #1 Podblack
    January 14, 2009

    I chase penguins and read sushi.

  2. #2 Josie Bell
    January 14, 2009

    🙂 Interesting bloggything you got yourself right here! >.>

  3. #3 Johan Anglemark
    January 14, 2009

    “please comment away”

    I am glad you wrote exactly those words. I work as a technical communicator and maintain the company writing style guide. Under the heading C, I have written the following entry:

    Comment out

    Write: Comment out
    Do not write: Comment away
    Comment: Swedish kommentera bort is comment out in English. Comment away
    would rather mean something like Go ahead, comment as much as you wish!

  4. #4 Martin R
    January 14, 2009

    I want a Johan Anglemark Seal of Approval badge to put in my left-hand side bar! (-;

  5. #5 Michael Tinkler
    January 14, 2009

    I’m an American art historian (early middle ages, primarily architecture and its decoration). I found Aardvarchaeology through a link and bookmarked at once!

    I link to specific stories from my blog at least occasionally and have a blogroll link.

  6. #6 Paul Lamb
    January 14, 2009

    Well, I’ve been visiting yer blog since the days before you were with Science Blogs. I don’t always have a lot to say because you generally say it so sufficiently to leave my poor comments superfluous.

  7. #7 george.w
    January 14, 2009

    Aging tech-support geek in Illinois. Use RSS to scan, always check yours. If article is interesting (usually the case with yours) I always click through. But not a frequent commenter.

  8. #8 Scicurious
    January 14, 2009

    Podblack is right, I also love penguins.

  9. #9 Nick Dvoracek
    January 14, 2009

    I’m an instructional technology administrator at a American midwestern University. It’s certainly interesting to get the Nordic view of issues. Comments just don’t seem to pop into my brain.

  10. #10 Larry Ayers
    January 14, 2009

    I’m a blogger and woodworker in Hannibal, Missouri. I comment here from time to time. I’m half Swedish and I enjoy hearing Martin’s Scandinavian tales.

  11. #11 Thadd
    January 14, 2009

    I dig stuff up and knit

  12. #12 Postman
    January 14, 2009

    God dag från New York.

    Since you write the blog in English, it seemed only polite to at least say hello in Swedish… at least, that’s what I think I did. I suppose it’s just as possible that I stated an intention to fondle your vitamin C. So I’ll fall back on, “It’s the thought that counts.”

  13. #13 Avenel
    January 14, 2009

    I study 16th century swordplay.

  14. #14 Riman Butterbur
    January 14, 2009


  15. #15 David Lee
    January 14, 2009

    I’m an amateur science writer and 3D buff. Tend to read all over. So I stop in here once in awhile. Plus I find about stuff in Sweden. I think I delurked last time.

  16. #16 Eleanor (undeadgoat)
    January 14, 2009

    Whee look I delurked! P.S. I read your entries more than I visit due to the magic of RSS aggregation . . . just so you know.

  17. #17 Magnus Reuterdahl
    January 14, 2009

    I’m still lurking & blogging though I changed location; now days from Norrbotten and another archaeology temp job at a county administrative board. Keep up the good work.

  18. #18 Jonathan Lubin
    January 14, 2009

    I’m not quite a lurker, since I’ve made a very few comments here. Maybe I should say that I spent a year in Denmark almost 35 years ago, gave myself a vacation week in Stockholm, and the most magical day of all that year was spent in Visby, and in a couple of hours wandering through Gotlands Fornsal. What a fabulous little museum!

  19. #19 Chrissl
    January 14, 2009

    Muddle-aged graduate botanist here, longtime armchair archaeologist, now a part-time medieval historian and part-time graphic designer. Curious about everything; it just took me till I was in my mid-40s to discover my *real* passion (medieval history). 😉

  20. #20 Coventry Cynic
    January 14, 2009

    You asked for comments but I’m not sure that you will appreciate this one. Anyway, here goes.

    I look to your blog for snippets concerning archaeology and skepticism; not for details of your daily life, however interesting it ought to be. When you discuss archaeology and its environment you are probably one of the best blogs around in that field, but please, less of the ‘dear diary’.

  21. #21 DNA Lady
    January 14, 2009

    I sequence DNA, quilt, knit, and read your blog almost every day

  22. #22 Declan
    January 14, 2009

    West of Ireland consultant, regular RSS reader. Great blog, btw.

  23. #23 ed kupfer
    January 14, 2009

    Hello from a rss-reading fan in Toronto, Canada.

  24. #24 Janne
    January 14, 2009

    I’m a researcher in computational neuroscience and robotics, originally from Sweden but working in Osaka, Japan. Martin’s blog is one way I try to keep in touch with my home country; also, it’s fun to read about life as a researcher in a very different field.

  25. #25 Tim Hollis
    January 14, 2009

    I’m an archaeology graduate student working for the historical commission in Massachusetts. Although I know very little about Swedish history, I enjoy reading about archaeology around the world. Good archaeology blogs, such as yours, are few and far between.

  26. #26 PsyberDave
    January 14, 2009

    I don’t care what you say. I say ABBA rules!

  27. #27 pelican
    January 14, 2009

    I like the “dear diary” stuff … I am intrigued by how your work and family lives intersect. I also like the music posts.

  28. #28 Astrid
    January 15, 2009

    Heathen Humanist from the United States. You’re in my blogroll. I was an exchange student in Linköping many years ago so I especially enjoy reading about your work in that area.

  29. #29 MartinL
    January 15, 2009

    My one attempt at de-lurking so far resulted in me spoiling the scoop on the “Scrotum Torment” story, so I guess I better keep staying hidden.

  30. #30 Niklas Ramsberg
    January 15, 2009

    I’m a technical writer (my business card says, in line with company policy and slightly pretentiously imo, “Information Engineer”) and a fellow VoF member from the Swedish west coast.

    I read Aard several times a week, from at least two different IP addresses.

  31. #31 Niklas Ramsberg
    January 15, 2009

    Oh, and I should say that I majored in history back in university, plus I studied journalism and worked as a journalist for a few years. I guess reading blogs about old times comes naturally to me. How I ended up as a technical writer with that background is another story…

  32. #32 ArchAsa
    January 15, 2009

    Fellow archaeologist and blogger here.
    Some interesting(?) tidbits about me: I always have and always will be obsessed with comics – American, Belgian, Swedish, Japanese, bring it on. I feel Fantasy is superior to Sci-Fi in books, but the opposite is usually true when it comes to movies or TV. I have no idea why that is.

    I love my chosen profession, but sometimes regret I never became the chef I dreamt I would be when I was young. Perhaps I was influenced by the Swedish Chef on the Muppets show…

  33. #33 Martin R
    January 15, 2009

    Thanks for all your kind words!

    As for the archaeology vs. “dear diary” content, the blog is actually all “dear diary”. This means that when I am working with or reading about archaeology and thinking about that, then I blog about archaeology. I’m afraid that it would be hard for me to write exclusively about it and still a) be interesting, b) have fun blogging.

    To catch up with the archaeology content here and filter out other stuff, please use the archive and the archaeology tag.

  34. #34 cicely
    January 15, 2009


    This is one of the Science Blogs that I pop in and out of on the job, instead of working. I followed a link here from another of the SBs, don’t recall which. I’m pretty sure I’ve never commented here before, though I wouldn’t want to bet my own money on it.

    I like archaeology, sciences in general (though physics can be hard going), penguins (to go with a recurring theme in this comment thread), and cats. I don’t recall seeing any cat posts here, but the year is still young. 🙂

    Oh, and I’m in Springfield, Missouri. USA.

  35. #35 Meagan
    January 15, 2009

    I’m a graduate student in ancient history and archaeology with an MA in anthropology. I stumbled on the blog through a link of a link of a link a few months ago and have been enjoying it immensely. I generally check out the blog via RSS when I’m supposed to be studying for my doctoral exams; I don’t feel so guilty coming here since I generally learn something new and can justify my actions in that manner 🙂

  36. #36 rsm
    January 15, 2009

    Can’t recall why I’m here half the time… probably for a nostalgic taste of my Scandinavian homeland (area?) when I’m most of a planet away.

    Oh, and your stuff on Archeology and the business of Archeology is neat. Like that even though my studies never touched on it.

    Hmm… out of curiosity, I saw some stuff on human sacrifice coming out of a dig site in Denmark recently, I was curious if you could summarize it better than my local newspaper can and/or say something about the credibility of those finds. National newspapers aren’t exactly known for reporting all that well on these things.

  37. #37 Diane
    January 15, 2009

    I am a self-described “life enthusiast” in Oregon. I love science, history, languages, art and fashion. I have a blog called “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite” where I describe what catches my fancy.
    I really enjoy “Aardvarcheology” and recommend it to my friends!

  38. #38 Elessa
    January 15, 2009

    i have been a lurker here for quite awhile. found your blog via another of the SB sites, but for the life of me i couldn’t tell you whose.

    interestingly, i saw a familiar name in the comments and checked his link. avenel is a friend of mine from long ago in a galaxy far away from where i now reside. tis a very small world, indeed.

  39. #39 Martin R
    January 16, 2009

    RSM, human sacrifice in the context of elite burial is very well attested among Scandinavians in the later 1st Millennium, both through archaeology and at least one written source. Another example of this date from Denmark would be uncontroversial. What they did was basically to use slaves as grave goods in the same manner that they would kill horses and dogs at funerals.

  40. #40 dveej
    January 16, 2009

    Musician and music teacher in SoCal. Came to Aardvarkeology via Pharyngula and stayed for the archaeology, the book mentions, and just general Dr. R’s opinions and blather, which are kinda … readable, IMNotAtAllHO.

  41. #41 Aaron Luchko
    January 16, 2009

    Software developer from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

  42. #42 Luna_the_cat
    January 17, 2009

    I’m a dual US/UK citizen living near Aberdeen, Scotland. I am a computer geek struggling to finish a MSc in bioinformatics while working a full-time-and-then-some day job as a sysadmin with a bit of programming thrown in. I am currently doing three people’s work (not hyperbole, we are very short of people in our department) so it really is a struggle, and I’ve had to cut back a LOT on my internet read-and-comment time.

  43. #43 DuWayne
    January 18, 2009

    I love things old, but prefer to comment on things I know something about – or naughtiness I feel the need to defend:) Because I am evile, very, very evile.

    And I just started back to school. Just managed my first week of school for the first time since dropping out of high school sixteen years ago. My major frustration being that I didn’t pile about twice the credits on. So it goes. Soon enough I’ll get my undergrad in psych and really get started on the education…….

  44. #44 Steve
    January 22, 2009

    Just a deluded lurker.
    Varied interests from politics to science to history to….

    the ends of the universe.

    Some day I won’t learn something new.
    Heart won’t be beating and the mind will have been stopped.

    Did I mention humor(Humour for the English speakers)?

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