Fornvännen’s web site has become subsumed into the general document repository of the National Heritage Board. I am not happy about this. But still, we can now offer two new issues on-line for free! So much good research here!

Autumn 2012 (no 3):

Christmas 2012 (no 4):

  • Anders Högberg et al. on new methods to identify the sources of South Scandinavian flint.

  • Peter d’Agnan on Medieval fishing camps and rural harbours on Gotland.
  • Sven Kalmring on his huge GIS database of excavations performed at Birka.
  • Andreas Toreld on uniquely martial Bronze Age rock art recently found in a single Bohuslän stream valley.
  • Olof Sundquist on certain not very well informed recent attempts by archaeologists to identify sejdhjällar, shaman ritual platforms, in the archaeological record.
  • Magdalena Forsgren on Leif Karlenby’s book about Bronze Age ritual sites in Uppland.
  • Robin Gullbrandsson on new finds of wooden church parts in a later stone church in Småland.

Now let’s see some questions and comments on this work! I can probably get the authors to chime in here.

Comments

  1. #1 Thomas Ivarsson
    October 18, 2013

    Since we have flint all over Scania and I, as an amateur, have wondered about the sources of all this flint Anders Högbergs map of Scandinavian flint resorts have sorted this out.

  2. #2 Kevin
    October 21, 2013

    Thank you Martin I’ve never heard of sejdhjällar before, reminds me a bit of the Delphic oracle who sat on some kind of tripod when speaking.

  3. #3 Birger Johansson
    October 21, 2013

    Interesting….I suppose someone doing sejd fits into the loose category of shaman. I have been told that sejd (magic) was usually the domain of women but a shaman would have been able to break taboos including gender roles.

    (OT) “Pre-Viking Age monuments uncovered in Sweden” http://phys.org/news/2013-10-pre-viking-age-monuments-uncovered-sweden.html

  4. #4 Birger Johansson
    October 23, 2013

    (OT) Please never follow this example:
    ” India digs for treasure on tip from Hindu holy man” http://phys.org/news/2013-10-india-treasure-hindu-holy.html
    Technically, if you dig deep enough into the crust you will eventually find some ore deposits…ten miles down or so.

  5. #5 Birger Johansson
    October 23, 2013

    (OT) …or this example:
    “Outrage erupts over buddhist temple fresco restored by Chinese officials with cartoon-like paintings” http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/22/outrage-errupts-over-buddhist-temple-fresco-restored-by-chinese-officials-with-cartoon-like-paintings/

  6. #6 Birger Johansson
    October 24, 2013

    The swords depicted in Bohuslän seem unusually long for brittle bronze swords. Did the artists typically exaggerate this feature? Did people of the era possibly use maces?
    — — — — — —
    UK linguist reconstructs sounds of prehistoric language http://phys.org/news/2013-10-uk-linguist-reconstructs-prehistoric-language.html

  7. #7 Birger Johansson
    October 26, 2013

    Re . Liedgren and Ramqvist; it is a pity that we know relatively little about a region (the northern Bothnic sea/Bothnic bay) where three peoples -the saami, the proto-norse and the proto-finns- must have had regular contacts.

    To some extent the lack of findings may reflect the low population density -even for the agriculturalists, this was a marginal region.
    Below, a story about a rich find from another poorly documented region. “Fabulous figurines reveal secrets of ancient Africa” http://phys.org/news/2013-10-fabulous-figurines-reveal-secrets-ancient.html

  8. #8 Birger Johansson
    October 26, 2013

    (OT) A Halloween pop-up selling nightmarish treats. I think some of these were carved off Ctul’Hu http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2013/oct/22/extreme-cakes-bake-off#/?picture=420642897&index=0

  9. #9 Martin R
    October 27, 2013

    Swords have previously almost never been seen in the hands of people on rock art panels. Typically they will wave an axe about without hitting anyone and carry their sword in its scabbard.

  10. #10 Birger Johansson
    October 28, 2013

    My bad. I only skimmed the article, now I understand the significance.

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