To my horror, Ystads Allehanda reports that Wladyslaw Duczko has joined Nils-Axel MÃ¶rner on a project to excavate the famous Ales stenar stone ship.
Why does this pain me? Because while (as I have reported here before) geologist MÃ¶rner and his collaborator homeopath Bob G. Lind are Swedish archaeology’s most notorious cranks, Duczko is not. He is a respected senior archaeologist and known as an authority on Slavic silver jewellery of the Viking Period.
If I had heard that Duczko was going to excavate Ales stenar, I would have said “Well done, Wladde, I’m looking forward to seeing your results. Hope Bob doesn’t try to kill you.” But now he’s lending his academic credibility to a collaboration with the people who are just about the least qualified of all adult Swedes to take part in the excavations.
The County Archaeologist of Scania will in all likelihood not give an excavation permit to anyone who collaborates with MÃ¶rner or Lind. And I believe the land is owned by the National Heritage Board, which likewise will let them nowhere near the site with a shovel. But from now on, Wladyslaw Duczko’s academic credibility will be used to support some really weird fringe archaeology. Why, oh, why, Wladde? Didn’t you know?