Aardvarchaeology Summit

One of the main attractions to me of blogging is my core group of smart and funny regular commenters. The most prolific of them is Birger Johansson. As far as I can tell he's been with the blog since November 2009, almost four years. I've recently invited him to write a weekly guest entry using the many interesting science links he likes to post. And apart from his top-notch commentary, Birger is also an extremely generous man. He has the charming if sometimes a little baffling habit of culling his book shelves periodically and sending me everything he can't find room for anymore. In this manner he has provided me with reams of excellent scifi and horror, just out of the goodness of his heart.

Over the past few years I have grown increasingly curious about Birger. So when I got a job teaching archaeology in his home town of Umeå, I decided that we had to have an Aardvarchaeology summit. Last night Birger and I had dinner together at the Taj Mahal, an excellent place that does a very brisk business on an early Friday night. We both had their house speciality #62, a very fine lentil stew with chicken and pilau rice. And we talked about everything under the sun. Birger is just as funny and erudite live as he is in the comments section. And I look forward to more after-work meals with him in the future.


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Curiously, Birger, you look almost exactly the way I had imagined.

No, I'm not claiming clairvoyance or any of that nonsense.

By John Massey (not verified) on 07 Oct 2013 #permalink

Very good to see you, Birger, I like the topics you post, off though they may be.

Hello John, Kevin, et al !

By Birger Johansson (not verified) on 08 Oct 2013 #permalink