Archives for October, 2010

TAM London, Saturday

Unusual to use an off-line computer. The wifi in the Hilton London Metropole is ridiculously expensive, so I use the complimentary service in the lecture hall and have none in my room. I wonder if it really makes business sense to make people pay separately for the wifi instead of sharing the cost over all…

Recent Archaeomags

One of the perks of keeping Aard is free magazine subscriptions. I make it worthwhile for the publishers by writing these “Recent Archaeomags” entries, which may look a little strange since it’s the New Media reporting on stories in the Old Media. But I concentrate on stories that interest me, and most of the mags…

Good news for Swedish metal detectorists! And for us Iron Age scholars who want the finds, the sites and the free expert labour these amateurs are eager to provide us. And also for any small-finds nerd who would like to have a labour market (who? me?), communicating with the detectorists and classifying their finds. The…

Dorrik Stow’s Vanished Ocean

In his fine new book Vanished Ocean, geologist Dorrik Stow uses the biography of one of our planet’s vanished oceans to teach the reader a wide range of veeery long-term perspectives on geological history. The ocean that geologists call the Tethys came into being when the Pangaea supercontinent coalesced in the Late Permian, 260 million…

A Message From Uncle Norm

I got an ambiguous greeting from Norm Sherman when I bought his latest CD (2 for $10!). He is messing with my mind.

Elitism?

Recently I wrote about some policies advocated by the Swedish anti-immigration party (SD) regarding public funding of the arts. I remarked that the party’s suggestions show that their members do not have much education regarding the arts or public debates in the field during the past decades. “They are after all a party for the…

Sensible Archaeology?

Sensible. Tell me “sensible” and I’ll reply “shoes”. Sensible shoes is what your butch 60ish aunt and her partner wear when vacationing in Paris. Although my Ireland-based colleague Stuart Rathbone and I share a great many opinions, I don’t think it’s a good idea to call for sensible archaeology. Empirical, yes please. Plainly phrased, indeed.…

The Indian Express reports that according to Dr. Gautam Sengupta, director general of the Archaeological Survey of India, “it is time for us to rethink our own ideas and concepts of archaeological analysis in order to combat the worldwide crisis in the discipline”. Disturbing words from a very powerful archaeologist! What’s going on!? Though woefully…

Stoner Caravan From Deep Space Arrives

Thanks to Pär for the tip-off. OM’s singer/bassist used to be a member of the legendary doom band Sleep.

Sunday Mushrooms

Yesterday’s walk in the woods near Drevinge garnered us the following: Shaggy ink cap, Fjällig bläcksvamp, Coprinus comatus Terracotta hedgehog, Rödgul taggsvamp, Hydnum rufescens Shingled hedgehog, Fjällig taggsvamp, Sarcodon imbricatus Common puffball, Vårtig röksvamp, Lycoperdon perlatum Velvet bolete, Sandsopp, Suillus variegatus Copper brittlegill, Tegelkremla, Russula decolorans Birch bolete, Björksopp, Leccinum scabrum I’ve never picked the…