Archaeological Namesakes


I’ve been publishing stuff in Fornvännen since 1994. But making a vanity search in the journal’s on-line version, I found that I am not the first Rund??ist in Fornvännen’s history. My family name was mentioned once in those pages before I showed up.

In 1935, Bengt Hildebrand published a bibliographical essay in Fornvännen titled (and I translate), “Notes on the bibliography of Swedish numismatics and archaeological historiography”. It covers writings about coins and the history of archaeology. And on page 285 we find mention of one G.H. Rundquist who had published a “Catalogue of the coin and medal collection in Växjö high school as well as similar collections united with it though belonging to the Museum of Småland in Växjö”. The man’s full name was Gustaf Hilding Rundquist, and he was custodian of that collection from 1916 to 1965, almost 50 years.

Says Lars Thor (and I translate),

“Hilding Rundquist had an unbelievable working capacity. It is also told that during his many years as a teacher he did not take a single day of sick leave, and that he and his wife were known to entertain a considerable number of friends in their home. Taking into account that Rundquist, apart from all this, was also an active lodge member and enthusiastic choir singer, the picture of him of course becomes even more impressive.”

And other Rund??ists in Swedish archaeology? Apparently none who have written very much. There’s Sten Rundkvist and Harry Rundqvist and Bengt & Maj Rundquist and Lisa Rundqvist Nilsson who have all made unpretentious contributions to the literature. And then there’s me. No relation of the others, to my knowledge.

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  1. #1 Pierre
    November 6, 2009

    He has written a short essay on the coin finds in Växjö domkyrka…

  2. #2 Claude Mariottini
    November 7, 2009


    Maybe archaeology runs in the Rundquist’s family and you don’t know it.

    Claude Mariottini

  3. #3 Howard Williams
    November 8, 2009


    An Orwellian re-write of history could easily alter their names to ‘Martin’ and replace ‘qu’ with ‘kv’. You would gain archaeological immortality! Your cv could be so much longer, although it is pretty vast already.

  4. #4 Martin R
    November 8, 2009

    Or I could change my name by deed poll to “Björn Ambrosiani”.

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