From ’05 to ’09 my main research project concerned the Late Iron Age elite in Östergötland, one of historical Sweden’s core provinces. It’s Beowulf country, Beowulf centuries, Beowulf people: the resulting book manuscript is titled Mead-halls of the Eastern Geats. Elite Settlements and Political Geography AD 375-1000 in Östergötland, Sweden. The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters has now accepted the manuscript for publication in its main proceedings series whose first volume appeared in 1789, ”Handlingar, Antikvariska serien”. The list of colleagues who have published there before is awe-inspiring, and I am very pleased indeed.
Before the manuscript goes into production I must re-work it a bit as per suggestions by an academic referee. And while I do this, I would also be very grateful for comments, corrections and questions from Aard’s readers. Here’s the manuscript as I submitted it back in November (a ½ MB PDF file). Please have a look! And don’t be afraid to ask layman’s questions. I have been campaigning for accessible and comprehensible writing in my field for years, so I’d better measure up on that point.