Archives for September, 2009

How To Get a Mink Skeleton in a Weird Way

My friend Eddie the pagan goldsmith has inadvertently discovered an unusual way to acquire a clean mink skeleton. Here’s what you do. Set some crayfish traps in a lake. A mink will break into one of the traps to get at the crayfish, get stuck and drown. When retrieving your traps with their catch, fail…

Mika’s Place for Underwear

11-y-o Junior bought his first own album last Saturday: Mika’s The Boy Who Knew Too Much. (My own first was Depeche Mode’s Some Great Reward, bought at age 12 in ’84 or ’85). It’s an excellent record once you’ve gotten used to Mika’s queeny (and Queenish) style of singing: catchy studio pop. And Junior has…

Marzipan Gold Hoard

In 1995 a gold hoard was found at Vittene in Norra Björke parish, Västergötland. Its contents had been amassed over two centuries, and it was committed to the earth in the 3rd century AD. A fine book on the find and subsequent settlement excavations has recently been published and is available in full on-line. Below…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The seventy-sixth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at Afarensis. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! Submissions for the next carnival will be sent to me. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me for hosting. The next vacant hosting slot is in less than…

Badger Carcass, Stunted Corn Cob

Motte and Bailey and Limburger Cheese

I type this in the hotel lobby while waiting for the train just across the street that will take me to Brussels. The conference closed at 13, I had sandwiches with my colleagues and then set out again for the countryside south of town to grab me a geocache. On the Mergel ridge I saw…

Bus Ride up the Meuse

Sculpture fragment from the Cathedral of St. Lambert in Liège. Today’s bus excursion took us up the river Maas/Meuse into Wallonia, Belgium’s Francophone part, where our first stop was Liège. The city looks pretty crummy, I’m afraid, with a lot of dilapidated and dirty buildings. The ironworks (?) outside town are grotesque in their gargantuan…

What Am I Doing Here?

Yesterday’s paper sessions offered eleven presentations. I almost fell asleep several times. This was not mainly because four of the papers were in German and French which I have a hard time understanding when spoken quickly. The main reason was that few of my colleagues know how to perform an engaging presentation. Yes, you need…

Cute Train Lesbians

A funny intermezzo caught me Saturday on the train from Brussels to Liège. Across the aisle, two young pretty lesbian couples were seated. And they spent most of the ride necking furiously. I suppose that as a het male I might have been expected to feel some kind of perturbation or arousal at the sight.…

Fresh Roadkill

Uppsala, at the roadside by the castle, Friday 18th at noon. Its unblinking eye was very clear.