Archives for February, 2011

A Day Spent With Diggers

Spent most of the day in Stockholm County Council’s building in town, where our new County Archaeologist Maria Malmlöf had convened a seminar for the region’s excavation units. The agenda was for everybody to present some highlights from last contract archaeology season in Stockholm County. These seminars have apparently been going on for years, but…

Weekend Fun

Celebrated 100th birthday of my mom’s aunt, a sprightly and clear-minded lady who likes conversation and hugs and has no problem recognising her niece’s kids who rarely visit. Attended concert with six kids’ choirs (including Juniorette’s). One of the choirs had five boys, the others

Bread

Before modern hygiene and housing standards, children died in droves of infections in the West. Now few do, but instead they are increasingly bothered by allergies, which are immune-system malfunctions. The current view among researchers is that there is a connection here. Live in dirt, and you will get infections that may kill you, but…

Halland Archaeology Journal

Utskrift is a book-format archaeological research journal put out roughly biannually by Kulturmiljö Halland, the heritage management section and excavation unit of the Halland County Museum in Halmstad. The language is Swedish, with English abstracts and summaries. The first issue appeared in 1991, the eleventh in 2010, and that latter issue was generously sent to…

Global Population Speak-Out

This time of year I’ve repeatedly been taking part in the Global Population Speak-Out, reminding my Dear Readers that a lot of humanity’s main problems could (and will) be solved by shrinking the planet’s human population drastically. It’s up to us: either we quit having enough children to replace the people who die, thus easing…