Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, public speaker, chairman of the Swedish Skeptics Society, atheist, lefty liberal, board gamer, bookworm, and father of two.

June Pieces Of My Mind #2

Dropping off Jrette at sailing camp for her 2nd summer. Just like her brother in ’09. Just like me in ’86. Heard new interviews with Andy Weir and Larry Niven on Planetary Radio. I love the Internet! Kelley Johnston on self-defense training for daughters: “I’d rather bail you out of jail than identify you at…

Back around Christmas I reviewed the first three chapters of Toby Martin’s big book about Anglo-Saxon cruciform brooches. Those are the technical chapters dealing with typology and chronology, and I loved them. They are rock solid. Now I’ve read the remaining four chapters that deal with the societal interpretation of the brooches. In the following…

Boardgame Recommendations

There’s a scifi convention in my home municipality near Stockholm this weekend: Fantastika 2016. I’m giving a talk on my Medieval castles project, and I’m also on a boardgame recommendations panel. Below is the list I’m bringing: it’s a selection of my favourites with an emphasis on the period 2010-2016. “BGG rank” refers to the…

My Relativism

Like Romanticism, Post-Modernism is a poorly defined term that means different things in different contexts. But in academe, pomo can pretty much be equated with relativism. This term also means several different things, but all of them apply to pomo. The relativism that makes me hostile to pomo is knowledge relativism or epistemological relativism. “All…

June Pieces Of My Mind #1

One of the synths on Gentle Giant’s “The Boys In The Band” sounds like mp3 glitches. Very soon my commuter train will enter a many-years-long period of refurbishment chaos. It’s going to be a hassle. But I just feel excited about it. Something new along some of the most well-trodden and least pretty paths of…

Women Singing

Here’s some good tunes written and sung by women that I’ve come across recently. Broen – Boy (2015) Basia Bulat – Fool (2016) Feist – Mushaboom (2004) Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over (2008) Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek (2005) Julia Holter – Betsy On The Roof (2015) Lucius – Turn It…

I’ve linked before to Christina Fredengren’s ground-breaking paper in Fornvännen 2015:3 about human and animal remains found in wet contexts in Uppland province (the area around Uppsala). The study’s empirical base is solid and eye-opening. I don’t find find the theoretical superstructure that the author briefly sketches onto it (the titular ”water politics”) convincing. But that’s not…

May Pieces Of My Mind #3

This writer knows what glass cutters are for but doesn’t know what they look like. She’s having somebody behead plastic dolls with one. You know suits of ‎armour‬? Almost all are Early Modern LARPing costumes for festive tournaments. Not ‎Medieval‬, not used in battle. Not having any teaching gig this semester is straining my finances.…

Myself, Ethan Aines and Mats G. Eriksson are proud to present our report on last year’s fieldwork at Stensö Castle, Östra Husby parish, Östergötland. Lots of goodies there, and with an added meaty report on the bones by Rudolf Gustavsson! It was a very fruitful two weeks at the site, during which we found the missing half of the…

In April of 2007 I directed a week of metal detecting at sites in Östergötland where there was a potential for an elite presence in the period AD 400-1000. These investigations were part of a project that I published in my 2011 book Mead-halls of the Eastern Geats. One site that proved a dud for…