Archives for January, 2010

Weekend Fun

Went skiing twice. Went skating on Lake Källtorpssjön at the Hellas sporting centre under the watchful eye of the Nacka radio masts. There’s a snow-ploughed circuit there, but it hadn’t been ploughed recently so there was a lot of snow to contend with, plus ice cracks and a stiff cold wind, so it could have…

Fieldfares

Great flocks of fieldfares (Turdus pilaris, björktrast) are hanging around Boat Hill, feeding off the frozen parkland rowan berries instead of migrating. They’re so ruffled up against the cold that they’re hardly recognisable as the streamlined summer birds we’re used to. Their cousins the blackbirds sit alone like big black apples here and there in…

Futile Land Reclamation

As part of the reading course I’ve set myself on Bronze Age sacrificial finds, wetland archaeology and landscape studies, I’m reading a new book whose title translates as “Swedish bog cultivation. Agriculture, peat use and landscape change from 1750 to 2000″. It’s about various ways that Swedes have tried to make use of wetland in…

Anthro Blog Carnival

The eighty-fifth Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is on-line at A Very Remote Period Indeed. Catch the best recent blogging on archaeology and anthropology! Submissions for the next carnival will be sent to Magnus at Testimony of the Spade. All bloggers with an interest in the subject are welcome to volunteer to me for hosting.…

Two Puns

The Web helps you check if your ideas are original. Recently I’ve come up with two puns that proved to be unoriginal but still surprisingly uncommon. Ronald McDonald is the Lord of the Fries. The famous fantasy role-playing game should always be referred to as Dung & Drag. It amazes me that I haven’t thought…

Four Stone Hearth: Call for Submissions

The 85th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at the A Very Remote Period Indeed tomorrow, Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to Julien, your own or somebody else’s. Anything anthro or archaeo goes! The next open hosting slot is on 10 March. If you’re a blogger with an interest in the anthro/archaeo field, drop…

Teaching the Late Iron Age in Visby

I type these words in a seafood restaurant at the main square of Visby on the island of Gotland. I haven’t been here for almost a decade. Today I had the rare pleasure of teaching undergrads. My old grad-school buddy Gunilla Runesson at Visby University College gave me four hours to talk about the Late…

Weekend Fun

Had a lot of fun this weekend: Went skating twice, once with each of my kids. Went skiing with my wife. Got beaten at Pitch Car four times by my kids. Took the kids to a birthday party for a charming friend of mine, populated largely by former physics engineers who are now programmers. Took…

The Lejre Freya Miniature

Apparently the Lejre excavators still haven’t realised that the lovely silver miniature they found depicts an aristocratic woman who can’t be Odin, regardless of who may be the owner of the throne she sits on. A Danish news site contacted me today and asked me about the issue. Here’s what I said (and I translate).…

I’m reading the recently published 50-year anniversary volume of “UV“, the excavations department within the Swedish National Heritage Board. I worked my first fieldwork season for one of their regional units back in 1992. The book’s an interesting read as UV is the single organisation that has done the most archaeological fieldwork in Sweden. Ever.…