Two days ago I talked about four Scandy writers of pseudoarchaeological books at the Kritisk masse conference in Oslo: Bob G Lind, Lennart Möller, Erling Haagensen and Thor Heyerdahl. Despite being largely composed of Norwegians, the audience seemed unperturbed by my unflattering views of Heyerdahl’s archaeological contributions. He is a national hero and the museum celebrating his achievements is (tellingly) just a stone’s throw from the Viking ship museum in Oslo. Them Norwegians like their maritime identity! But I don’t think the country’s skeptics are being fooled, as shown i.a. by my colleague Jørgen Bøckman’s great talk about modern Viking mythology. His brother Petter’s talk about cryptozoology was really good too, though he talked a bit too fast for this poor Swede.
On Thursday night 4 November I am speaking on the same theme as two days ago in Uppsala to an audience of Christians, skeptics and Christian skeptics. Come and hear me and say hi! I don’t know what the door fee is, but the venue is Missionskyrkan on Sankt Olofsgatan 40. I start talking at seven o’clock.