The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities is over 250 years old and consists almost entirely of professors of the humanities and social sciences. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s a sleepy organisation. For one thing, the Academy is a signatory of the 2003 Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. And so the venerable paper journal I edit, Fornvännen, is one of the first and most successful Open Access journals in the Swedish humanities. Increasingly, the Academy is also putting out the paper books it publishes as Open Access versions half a year after the original printing. And so I am now proud to present my recent book Mead-halls of the Eastern Geats for your downloading pleasure. All you’ll ever be likely to want to know about Östergötland province’s Dark Ages nobility collected in one book! And scholars will appreciate the convenience of being able to search the text. Download a PDF, order a hardback book, or both! (Here’s a local Sb copy of the file for good measure.)


  1. #1 Tobias
    February 23, 2012

    Excellent! Not only a great read, but nice pictures to boot!

  2. #2 Martin R
    February 23, 2012

    Nice pictures, many of objects found by a certain Aard reader, some even photographed by him!

  3. #3 Steven Blowney
    February 23, 2012

    1. Thank you very much for making this avialable. 2. Having given this a quick reading, I’d the adjective “very” to my Fb response. 3. As someone who has spent time slogging through old reports of grave excavations, reading this is very encouraging. 4. I will probably have questions.

  4. #4 Martin R
    February 23, 2012

    Thanks Steven, glad you like the book! I look forward to your questions.

  5. #5 Catherine Raymond
    February 23, 2012

    Thanks, Martin. I appreciate the fact that you and other scholars are willing to make your books freely downloadable.

  6. #6 Birger Johansson
    February 24, 2012

    I look forward to reading the book. I have not had time to check it out, one of my cats got sick and sadly could not be saved 🙁

    Here is an OT link to the world’s oldest flag still in use (the Danish one), much more than 250 years…

  7. #7 Martin R
    February 24, 2012

    Oh Birger, very sorry about your cat! )-:

  8. #8 VikingWarriorPrincess
    February 25, 2012

    Wonderful. Thank you for the link.

    And I have a slightly strange question; have you ever excavated an Iron Age grave on Gotland and while you where trowling your group sang rövarnas sång from Ronja so loudly that the neighbours came rushing in thinking you’ve found something really exciting?

  9. #9 Martin R
    February 25, 2012

    Haha, well, I have excavated two Iron Age graves on Gotland, and I’m sure we sang all kinds of songs. Don’t remember any neighbours though. Why do you ask?

  10. #10 VikingWarriorPrincess
    February 27, 2012

    Because ever since I ran into your blog I have had a sneaking suspicion that you might have been my excavation leader, your name sounds familiar…

  11. #11 Matt Bunker
    February 27, 2012

    Your generosity in making this work freely available is greatly appreciated Martin.
    Many thanks.

  12. #12 David Huggins
    March 2, 2012

    I would like to second Mr Bunkers’ comments Martin. Thank you.

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