It’s Sunday morning and I’m getting ready for four weeks of excavations. I haven’t done any digging since the Pukberget cave dig in 2011, and my last multi-week dig with a big team was at Sättuna in 2008. So it’s high time, and I’m excited. Getting stuff from my study, packing stuff at home, buying some extra tools and a lot of food.
My crew of ten will be assembling at a farm-labourers’ dorm in Östra Husby starting tonight, and tomorrow we break turf at Stensö castle ruin as the first archaeologists to dig there. Most team members are first-year students from Umeå whom I taught during the autumn term. Other participants are friends and colleagues. It’s going to be an archaeological hippie commune – I’m cooking lentil soup for dinner tomorrow! And I’m bringing Medieval-themed geeky boardgames. Stay tuned for updates!