Archives for May, 2010

The Wee Folk Under the Cairn

Rock art in southern Scandinavia generally dates from the Bronze Age and depicts boats, long war canoes with lots of oarsmen. Here are some recently found ship panels at Casimirsborg in northern Småland, the new big dot on the country’s rock-art map. Although rock art is some of the most intriguing source material Bronze Age…

Gingerly Trying Out Twitter

I’ve been staying away from Twitter for fear that it would eat my life. But I guess I have at least to try it. So, Dear Reader, feel free to follow my tweets! And tell me who I should follow. Ideally, I want people who tweet something really witty like every second day and who…

The 92nd Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at Sorting Out Science on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to Sam, your own or somebody else’s. Anything anthro or archaeo goes! The next open hosting slot is already on 9 June. If you’re a blogger with an interest in the anthro/archaeo field, drop me a…

Information is easier to move than matter. A good way to travel between the stars would be if you had a matter scanner at one end, an instant information transmitter, and a matter assembler at the other end. Then you could fax yourself across the galaxy. James Patrick Kelly’s award-winning 1995 story “Think Like A…

Ford of the Hind

The dams in River Eskilstunaån at Hyndevad regulate the water level in Lake Hjälmaren. Around 1880 when they were built, and the lake lowered, the river bed was temporarily laid dry. A major prehistoric sacrificial site was discovered, and luckily geologist Otto Gumaelius was there to document it. (He used the finds to date events…

Platoon

The local cub scouts had asked me to accompany them on a forest walk to give them some culture and history. And so I guided them in the evening sun to the singing of blackbirds along the wooded southern shore of the Baggensstäket narrows. History is thick there. Early and Late Modern sea-lane tavern. Napoleonic…

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…

Tom Christensen, who heads excavations at storied Lejre on Zealand, Denmark, has a paper about the lovely Lejre figurine in ROMU 2009 (full text on-line) and another one in the new issue of Skalk. Here he offers some well-chosen comparative material and presents his arguments for the figurine’s gender and identity. Everybody agrees that the…

Riverside Walk

A springtime walk along River Nyköpingsån from Täckhammar bridge to Lake Långhalsen. [More blog entries about beavers, photography, rivers; bävrar, foto, floder, Nyköping.]

It is of course a major issue of public discourse these days that the Catholic church has long systematically covered up child rape in the interests of the organisation’s public image. But to my knowledge, nobody has attempted to justify the rapes with reference to Catholic religious doctrine. The church’s attitude has roughly been “We…