Archives for June, 2010

Inhabilitated

Universities in many European and Asian countries offer an upgrade to your PhD that turns the owner into a “habilitated doctor“, that is, someone who is allowed to teach PhD students. In Sweden, the recipient of the upgrade is called a docent, which is funny because “docent” means “museum guide” in US English. It’s not…

The 94th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run at Anthropology in Practice on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to Krystal, your own or somebody else’s. Anything anthro or archaeo goes! The next open hosting slot is already on 23 June. If you’re a blogger with an interest in the anthro/archaeo field, drop me a…

I’m reading a collection of my favourite music critic’s journalism, Strage Text. Fredrik Strage and I were born the same year and both grew up loving Depeche Mode and Swedish role-playing games. He has a hilarious way of taking things that sound really cool in English and expressing them in Swedish, thus humanising the stars…

The Pukberget sacrifical cave, Uppland I recently submitted my contribution to the proceedings volume from the 11th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium. Here’s the manuscript and here’s the abstract: Gods of High Places and Deep Romantic Chasms Introductory remarks to a study of the landscape situation of Bronze Age sacrificial sites in the Lake Mälaren area…

A Deadly Find

What’s the most dangerous find an archaeologist can make? Some fear anthrax spores in sealed burial caskets. Others the asbestos used to temper certain types of North Scandinavian pottery. But German construction workers are on a whole other level than us. They regularly find Allied bombs from WW2. One weighing 500 kg was recently found…

Universitetsläraren, the journal of the Swedish Association of University Teachers, has an article about blogging scientists in issue 2010:9 on the occasion of an upcoming PhD thesis in Lund about the subject. Scienceblogs.com is mentioned and Åsa of Ting & Tankar is interviewed. Blogging didn’t steal energy from her thesis work during grad school, says…

In February of 2007 I wrote about a giant sinkhole that had opened in Guatemala City. “The pit was emitting foul odors, loud noises and tremors, and a rush of water could be heard from its depths.” These sinkholes are the same kind of geological feature as similar to the cenotes into which the Maya…

Kvarsebo Car Ferry

I rode the Kvarsebo Car Ferry twice yesterday.