The full text of Fornvännen’s October issue, 2009:3, has come on-line thanks to our excellent cyber cowgirl Gun Larsson.
- Joakim Goldhahn (the guy heading the project where they found the sun chariot carving last week) shows that one of the carved slabs at Kivik, in Sweden’s most famous Bronze Age burial, actually made a temporary reappearance on site in the 19th century before getting lost again.
- Johnny Karlsson interprets what the 11th/12th century settlement under the modern town of Södertälje was like from the cuts and species of animal bones found there.
- Anders Huggert discusses Medieval Saami silver jewellery with Christian symbolism (see pic above).
- Håkan Petersson and Niklas Ytterberg argue that the county archaeologists aren’t doing a consistent job of evaluating excavation project plans, and that we should go back to a centralised system.
- Christian Lovén opposes a recent wide-ranging interpretation of Romanesque chancel apses. (Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it, this is really interesting stuff.)
- Maria Röstberg suggests that the Hemdrup runic staff belongs with a category of bronze and lead amulets in the realm of medical magic.
- Rune Edberg shows that a couple of 11th century pendants from Sigtuna depict the Mother of God in the manner of Byzantine iconography.
- Anna Holst Blennow questions whether an inscription on Forshem church in Västergotland is really about its dedication to a sacred patron, as previously believed.