Archives for June, 2009

Beowulf Saves the Royal Pub

I’m finishing writing a book and you guys will have the opportunity to review the manuscript some time towards late summer. The working title is Mead-halls of the Eastern Geats. Elite Settlements and Political Geography AD 375-1000 in Östergötland, Sweden. The title alludes to the Old English epic poem about Beowulf. Set mainly in 6th…

Open Source Dendrochronology

Dendrochronology is the study of tree-rings to determine when and where a tree has grown. Everybody knows that trees produce one ring every year. But the rings also vary in width according to each year’s local weather conditions. If you’ve got enough rings in a wood sample, then their widths form a unique “bar code”.…

Weekend Fun

The Rundkvist family right before we went in and apprehended the extraterrestrial. Photo F. Gilljam. Friday was Mid-summer’s Eve. Cycled with the kids to the local maypole celebration. Back home, I assembled the first barbecue I’ve ever owned and made some really nice souvlaki for our guests. Saturday we visited Felicia‘s charming parents in rural…

Swedish Atheist Ad Campaign

The Swedish Humanist Association is currently running our version of the Atheist Bus Campaign in the Stockholm subway. Gud finns nog inte — “God probably doesn’t exist”. It may seem a little gratuitous in a country where few people are religious any more, but the ads make the point that there’s a lot of quiet…

17th Century Coin Forgery

Here’s a cool thing from my buddy Claes Pettersson at Jönköping County Museum. He’s been directing big excavations of the town’s 17th century industrial precinct, and his team has found something that appears to be a forged gold coin. It consists of a soft grey metal (tin?) with a thin coating of a yellow metal.…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The sixty-ninth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Wanna Be An Anthropologist. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! Submissions for the next carnival will be sent to me. The next open hosting slot is on 29 July 12 August. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to…

I’m proud to announce that Fornvännen, Journal of Swedish Antiquarian Research, is now up to speed on the Open Access side. Our excellent librarian and information jockey Gun Larsson has just put the third and fourth issues for last year on-line. Fornvännen appears on-line for free with a six-month delay (due to concerns that the…

The 70th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at Wanna Be An Anthropologist on Wednesday. Submit your best recent stuff to Paul. Anything anthro or archaeo goes!

Energy is Good, Calories are Bad

Everybody knows that energy is good for you and calories are bad for you. What newagers, health nuts and alties seem to be completely ignorant of is that both words originate in physics and that they refer to the same thing. Energy “is a scalar physical quantity that describes the amount of work that can…

Weekend Fun

Attended the Where Is the Action rock festival with my wife, heard a lot of good music, much of it new to me. Details here and here. Shopped for presents and spent an hour having cake and reading, all in the charming company of soon-6-y-o Juniorette. She: Donald Duck; me: Språktidningen. Celebrated the first birthday…