Archives for April, 2009

Archaeology is Not a Good Career

Björn in Helsingborg wrote me with a few questions regarding archaeology as a career. Where did you study, for how long, what exactly? University of Stockholm. Three years crammed into two years at 150% speed, that is, a BA / fil.kand. Four terms of Scandinavian archaeology, one term of history, one term of social anthropology.…

I have previously noted that 10% of the applicants get money for humanities research from the Swedish Research Council, 6% of applicants get general research positions at the University of Linköping, and 4% get jobs at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Today I’ve learned that less than 6% of applicants get grants from the…

New Office

I’ve been working as a consulting editor for the Royal Academy of Letters for almost a decade, most of that time from home. But since 2006 I’ve had an office at Academy headquarters in a quiet part of Stockholm. This is very good for alleviating the isolation of a non-affiliated scholar. But the actual room…

I’m almost done with the report from my excavations at Sättuna in Kaga last September. Here’s an excerpt. Finds and radiocarbon dates allow us to identify five phases on-site, two of them corresponding to the dates of the metal detector finds that occasioned the excavations. Late Mesolithic: finds and features with one radiocarbon date. Middle/Late…

Daycare Looters

Not far from my home, in the woods down by the tracks, are the foundations of an abandoned railroad man’s homestead. Its name, Vinterbrinken (“Winter Slope”), survives in a nearby street name, though few know that anymore. The house was built by the railroad company in the 1890s and was torn down, along with its…

Who is responsible for a package? The sender or the volunteer messenger who carries it? Do they perhaps have a joint responsibility? This issue has led to quite a number of arguments between me and my wife over the years, and we still haven’t resolved it. Here’s the deal. Let’s say that Jenny’s in bed…