Archives for August, 2010

My debate piece in Antiquity has proved popular (many people have asked me to send it over, and now I’ve received the journal’s permission to place the paper on-line for free in PDF format) and controversial (several have offered criticism in comments here). Mainly replies seem inspired by the two paragraphs I quoted from the…

Dinosaur Fountain Sculptures

The centre piece of St. Mary’s square/park in Stockholm is a brass sculpture group in a fountain, sculpted by Anders Wissler and put in place in 1903. It depicts the god Thor at the moment when he’s fished the Midgard serpent up to the ocean surface and prepares to whack it in the head with…

Sex Advice From An Amateur

[More about sex,, humour; sex, humor.] One of the perks of keeping a well-visited blog is that you get to spy on people using search engines. Extreme Tracking keeps a list for me of the latest search terms which have led people to Aard. It turns out that they’re always largely porn surfers. My entry…

Back in February I posted snippets of an opinion piece I’d been asked to write about the current state and future prospects of Swedish archaeology. Now the thing has appeared on-line in Antiquity (behind a pay wall, but see below), though the journal’s autumn issue has not reached subscribers on paper yet. For you nat-sci…

Sailing Camp

I’ve spent three days with my son’s class at Ängsholmen summer camp where the 12-y-os got a chance to reaquaint themselves after the summer and do some fun stuff together. My job, like that of the other three parents who came along, was basically crowd control and security. The camp is on a small U-shaped…

The 100th Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will run here at Aard on Wednesday. Submit great recent stuff to me, your own or somebody else’s. Anything anthro or archaeo goes!

Dear Reader, do you come across a lot of ancient blubber concrete in the course of a normal day? I got some exciting news from Mattias Pettersson Tuesday morning regarding his and Roger Wikell’s Mesolithic sites in the Tyresta nature reserve. As Aard’s regulars know, Tyresta is a former archipelago that is now wooded highlands…

Reports Swedish Broadcasting, Dagens Eko: When two school girls in the 13-16 years age bracket found a lost key ring for their school’s teacher break room, they had an idea. They bought simple audio surveillance equipment in a tech store, waited until everyone went home, and installed the bugging gear in the break room. Their…

Weekend Fun

Sunset seen to the NW from the birthday party Made huntun (wonton) with my wife & kids, “good to eat and fun to make”, as the song about cookies that Junior likes goes. Watched The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus with wife & son. It’s a mid-quality Terry Gilliam film, better than the dreary Brothers Grimm…

Simon’s Mix CD

I put together a mix CD today for Simon who’s celebrating his 60th birthday. He’s the husband of a colleague of mine, and all I really know about him is that he’s English, he’s a semi-pro musician and he likes Keith Jarrett, Juan Gilberto, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Hermeto Pascoal. So I thought I…