Archives for October, 2009

I’m posting this from a Helsinki basement café after a day’s excursion by bus and boat in the countryside west of town. We mainly looked at cairns of various form, date and function, including a group of very fine large mountaintop ones of the typical Bronze Age variety. Toward the end of the day we…

The jaw-drop moment of the conference came for me when osteologist Lise Harvig off-handedly showed us pictures of what she is doing. She’s a PhD student with Niels Lynnerup at the Dept of Forensic Medicine at Copenhagen. Remember the crumbling Neolithic amber bead hoard that the Danes ran through a CT scanner instead of excavating…

Helsinki isn’t far from Stockholm. It took me a bit more than four hours from home to my hotel here, and I could have shaved more than an hour off of that if I had taken the bullet train to the airport and a cab to the hotel instead of going by bus. I’m at…

Ed Yong’s excellent post about fruit-bat fellatio received some even better, eye-opening comments from one Russell and Frog: Russell: “Tan is falling into the fallacy that animals have sex for the purpose of procreation. Or of writing as if. Those bats are having sex because they’re horny, and the fellatio is somehow making their sex…

Here’s a confusing press release from the University of Gothenburg. Researcher Jonas Warringer is trying to find ways to slow the rate of genetic adaptation in certain microbes down to keep them from evolving resistance to antibiotics. But look at this (and I translate): Slowed-down evolution can counteract antibiotic resistance … The resistance of an…

A very prominent German Wikipedian, Meisterkoch (“Master Chef”), doesn’t like bloggers much. In a recent opinion piece he manages to insult all the world’s blogging scientists in one fell swoop. “At best, blogs are run by second-rate scientists; typically, however, just by unemployed people. … In fact, blogs allow the repeated and systematic transfer of…

Goodbye to ICQ

I’ve been on the instant messaging service ICQ daily since 1997. Last week, though, my entry in some database apparently got screwed up, so my password no longer works and I can’t get the retrieval mechanism to send me a new one. Looking through my contact list I then realised that I hardly ever use…

October Drizzle

October drizzle can be quite photogenic in my part of the world. Here’s a view from the bridge to Fisksätra holme. (I just discovered Pixlr, an excellent free on-line image editor that runs in your browser.)

Martin Go Helsinki Yes

Next week, 29-31 October, I’ll be in Helsinki for the Nordic Bronze Age symposium. The organisers have been kind enough to ask me to chair one of the sessions, but I’d love to meet up with some Aard readers too. Drop me a line!

True to the rules of Open Access publishing, the April issue of Fornvännen has come on-line in all its full-text glory less than six months after paper publication. Katharina Hammarstrand Dehman reports on the kind of hardcore wetland archaeology you can get to do when somebody wants to dig a huge tunnel under a coastal…