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Is this part of the Stone of Mora?

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  • Middle Neolithic festival site in Scania
  • Roman bronze coinage found in the woods of northern Sweden
  • Roman mirror shard found on the coast of Western Bothnia
  • Pre-demolition documentation of a richly be-muralled Medieval church in Småland produced in the 1820s
  • 1st millennium AD gardening
  • Thieves, counterfeiters and murderers in Birka
  • What happened to the Stone of Mora onto which Medieval Swedish kings were hoisted at their elections?


  1. #1 Birger Johansson
    June 21, 2011

    A real-life “Scone of Stone” (Pratchett’s “Carpe Jugulum”)!

    Goddamn! Why have no one made a full-scale reconstruction of the Stone of Mora for the museums? It is practically as symbolically significant as the (fictional) stone where (the fictional) Merlin found his sword, the difference is that this one is a historical fact.

  2. #2 Birger Johansson
    June 22, 2011

    King-making stone replica: rapid prototyping! Scan the pieces, add them together in a computer and “print” the reproduction layer by layer with a plastic material. The sheen might be a bit off but the schoolchildren and tourists will have someting to see without travelling to the original stone fragments.

  3. #3 Martin R
    June 22, 2011

    It would wreak havoc with the political system of this country of the stone were to be reconstructed, allowing the populace of Uppland to elect our head of state willy-nilly again.

  4. #4 Nomen Nescio
    June 22, 2011

    idunno, Martin, if you’re going to have something as silly as a monarchy in place anyway, might as well make it entertaining…

  5. #5 Birger Johansson
    June 22, 2011

    Martin, don’t worry about chaos.
    If we have more than one candidate for being king, we build a Thunderdome next to the stone: “Two men enters, one man leaves!” Wait, that means Mel Gibson might win. I see the problem right there.

  6. #6 dustbubble
    June 23, 2011

    “If we have more than one candidate for being king … “Two men enters, one man leaves!””

    What? Thunderdome? When you’ve already got the perfectly good institution of holmgång .. ?

  7. #7 Martin R
    June 24, 2011

    Inceidentally, holmgång has acquired the secondary meaning of “vigorous fuck”.

  8. #8 dustbubble
    June 24, 2011

    Blimey! If only I’d known …

  9. #9 Bill Poser
    June 25, 2011

    Did Sidney Fox find it?

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