Fornvännen’s Spring Issue On-line

Fornvännen 2013:1, last spring’s issue, is now on-line in its entirety on Open Access.


  1. #1 Birger Johansson
    December 13, 2013

    OT. Beheaded slaves? “Isotope analysis of Flakstad skeletons”
    A pity this did not appear in time to be included.

  2. #2 Birger Johansson
    December 14, 2013

    “Travels in England”…. I will give you “travels in England”!

  3. #3 Birger Johansson
    December 14, 2013

    (OT) The Chinese have successfully landed on the Moon, today 13 GMT. “The Rabbit has Landed!”

  4. #4 Murmel Jones
    Marmot Burrow, Southern Germany
    December 14, 2013

    I’ll have to brush up a bit on my archaeological swedish to study this logboat article in detail. We got one here at the local museum that has been dredged out of the riverbed, it has a very similar “box-like” form.

  5. #5 Martin R
    December 15, 2013

    Murmel, a more comprehensive paper on log boats all across Sweden is slated for publication in issue 2014:1 (April).

  6. #6 Murmel Jones
    Marmot Burrow, Southern Germany
    December 15, 2013

    not really logboats, rather parts of some kind of medieval pontoon ferries. And apparently quite common all over medieval Europe:

  7. #7 Martin R
    December 15, 2013

    The Skatamark finds illustrated above are also interpreted as having been joined together. Pontoon ferry may be a good description. But Harnesk believes they were used to gather reeds for winter fodder.

  8. #8 Erika
    December 16, 2013

    Really liked the article about Skatamark, where many generations of people on my father’s side of the family comes from (except that it has not actually been called Skatamark for ages…). Anyway, always nice to learn more about the early history of my original home region, which is much less investigated than my current home (Uppsala).

    The article even claims that my childhood home village Heden is “the oldest in Lule river valley and one of the oldest in Norrbotten” with evidence of farming going back to the 11th century. I’m not in a position to judge how well supported that claim is, but still really proud of my old home.

    What I don’t understand is how the author can make any claims about what language the people in the Heden-Boden-Skatamark area were speaking 1000 years ago. To my knowledge, neither boats nor bows nor axes can speak any language whatsoever (regardless of where they were made) and I don’t see any mentions of preserved texts written by the locals at the time.

  9. #9 Birger Johansson
    December 16, 2013

    Finns or Swedes (with probably a lot of Sami intermarriage) living there ? Absolutely no way to know for sure. Even DNA would be futile.

  10. #10 Martin R
    December 17, 2013

    I think Harnesk is making the assumption that the coastal farming communities mainly spoke Swedish. This to my knowledge tallies well with the written sources of the time. But I’m sure individual Saami and Finnish speakers married into those families, and a knowledge of many languages was of course an asset there as everywhere.

  11. #11 Birger Johansson
    December 17, 2013

    ( OT) Martin, here is another Chinese story: Humans were domesticated* by cats in China at least 5300 years ago
    *If you ask the cats.

  12. #12 Birger Johansson
    December 18, 2013

    (OT) Yangtze River’s ancient origins revealed
    Happy 45 millionth birthday, Yangtze. This makes the Three Gorges feature much older than those Norwegian fjords.

  13. #13 John Massey
    December 18, 2013

    I once saw a report on a horrendous tsunami in a Norwegian fjord caused by a coastal rock fall (it was horrendous in size when it reached the opposite side of the fjord – I don’t know if it caused casualties or damage). Like tsunamis caused by large seabed slides, and unlike tsunamis caused by seabed thrust fault earthquakes of Magnitude >8, which are cyclic movements with periods of hundreds or thousands of years, such tsunamis are not cyclic and therefore not predictable/avoidable.

    Whether people predict and avoid them is another thing.

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