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  • Kim von Hackwitz on miniature Middle Neolithic battle axes around Lake Mälaren

  • Roger Wikell & Jörgen Johnsson on the re-discovery of a runic inscription on a cliff side near Stockholm
  • Herman Bengtsson & Christian Lovén on indications in Medieval church art about the contents of a lost longer version of the legend of Saint Eric
  • Jens Heimdahl on the medicinal use of henbane in 12th century Nyköping
  • Magnus Källström on the re-discovery of archive documentation of two lost rune stones near Uppsala
  • And an unusually pugnacious debate section

Comments

  1. #1 Kristina
    November 2, 2012

    Kul att du tipsade om Roger W:s artikel. Vilken upptäckt! Han är verkligen ett tidlöst andeväsen, den evige trissvinnaren bland fornsökare. Hörde du om högen han undersökte i Tyresta? Och när han ryckte in i Gamla Uppsala så hamnade han naturligtvis i det mest intressanta grophuset. Men det märkligaste av allt är att han och Mattias P är så lika till utseendet. Det är som två tvillingbröder som förenats en stund i nutiden i jakt på sitt förflutna.

  2. #3 Birger Johansson
    November 4, 2012

    Martin, since badgers have a pugnacious* reputation it is only fitting that they should be digging into viking-era burial mounds.
    * I like that word.
    I could never have the patience to do work on the history of legends. Greek and Norse legends might be endurable, but Christian-era legends are so bland. A trickster who outsmarts the gods is worth a thosuand pages of pious zzzzzz.

  3. #4 Birger Johansson
    November 5, 2012

    Fortunate re-discovery of archive documentation, good that we do not need a specific OS to read them…and old paper was not as acidic, allowing it to survive longer.
    And obviously the “miniature” axes were used by dwarwes and gnomes, some of which remain today (see “The Underpants Gnomes”). OT: Neolithic horror ? http://www.gocomics.com/getfuzzy/2012/11/05

  4. #5 Martin S
    West Sweden
    November 5, 2012

    The geography of these articles is really depressing. They all focus on eastern Sweden. This really highlights that archeological research in western Sweden is basically nonexistent.

  5. #6 Martin R
    November 5, 2012

    It’s true that there is not much in Fornvännen about Halland, Västergötland, Bohuslän, Dalsland, Värmland. And there is only one major city in the region as compared to several in eastern Sweden, which means there’s less land development and so less contract archaeology. But I believe the main reason that Fornvännen offers little Western Swedish archaeology is that the editors are based in Lund and Stockholm and do not have a good contact network on the west coast. Western Swedish archaeologists do produce work, but they choose other venues when they publish.

  6. #7 Martin S
    November 5, 2012

    This area represents 20% of the Swedish population. The largest university in Sweden is located here. The explanation is obvious when you look into the interest of the staff at the University of Gothenburg; archeological department. We won’t see anything from these guys in Fornvännen anytime soon.
    Martin

  7. #8 Martin R
    November 5, 2012

    That I agree with. Too few of my colleagues at the department of archaeology in Gothenburg are doing the kind of empirical work that you and I value and being active in western Sweden. The staff isn’t huge to begin with once you remove the Mediterranean archaeologists.

    http://www.historiskastudier.gu.se/Personal/larare-forskare/

  8. #9 Damien Volker
    November 7, 2012

    Värmland. And there is only one major city in the region as compared to several in eastern Sweden, which means there’s less land development and so less contract archaeology. But I believe the main reason that Fornvännen offers little Western Swedish

  9. #10 Birger Johansson
    November 7, 2012

    (OT) Archaeologists examine one of the oldest hoards found in Europe http://phys.org/news/2012-11-archeologists-oldest-hoards-europe.html
    PS If any of you are travelling to Australia, there is a total solar eclipse there Nov.14.

  10. #11 Birger Johansson
    November 7, 2012

    (OT) USA is the new Numenor!
    “Beck: America Deserves to Be Destroyed for Electing Obama” http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2012/11/07/beck-america-deserves-to-be-destroyed-for-electing-obama/#comment-185599
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
    (sorry Martin, I couldn’t help myself)

  11. #12 Birger Johansson
    November 8, 2012

    (OT) Atlatl invented 71,000 Years Ago http://phys.org/news/2012-11-small-lethal-tools-big-implications.html …found in a layered deposit stretching more than 40.000 years. Extraordinary.

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