Fornvännen's Spring Issue On-line

Fornvännen 2014:1 is now on-line on Open Access. We've had trouble with our on-line archive for more than a month. This was because the UV units, Sweden's largest contract archaeology organisation, moved from the umbrella of the National Heritage Board to that of the Swedish History Museum. The IT folks were super busy with the move, but now they've got Fornvännen's stuff up and running again.

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Dress pin heads from Viidumäe on Saaremaa. Fornvännen 2015:4 is now on-line on Open Access. Therese Ekholm compares radiocarbon dates on bone versus charcoal from ostensibly closed contexts on Stone Age sites in northern Sweden. Tony Björk & Ylva Wickberg on continued investigations of the…
Fornvännen 2014:2 is now on-line on Open Access. Hans Göransson on Middle Neolithic vegetation history. Frans-Arne Stylegar reinterprets a famous Viking Period grave find with smith's tools. Ronnie Carlsson & Christian Lovén on the urban parish churches of Medieval Uppsala. Anders G. Nord…
Fornvännen 2013:1, last spring's issue, is now on-line in its entirety on Open Access. Joy Boutrup et al. on openwork braids of silk and metal thread that decorated 15th century elite fashion garments. Påvel Nicklasson on zoologist and archaeological trailblazer Sven Nilsson's travels in England…
Mads Dengsø Jessen of the National Museum of Denmark wrote me to say that he and his colleagues are re-launching the old Journal of Danish Archaeology (1982-2006) as Danish Journal of Archaeology at Taylor and Francis On-Line. Three papers will hopefully come on-line before Christmas, and further…

Some fun reading for the non-specialist. I do wonder about the strike-a-light stones paper; she mentions how the stone type must covary with the carbon content of the steel, and she classifies different colours of the stones, but nowhere is there any kind of chemical analysis of the materials.

Very few of the stones are found together with the iron implement. But you could do a targeted chemical study of those assemblages.

Auså is in Scania

The line of what this paper is about is found some lines down and not at the top:

"Hur kommer det sig då att en dopfunt i en by
i nordvästra Skåne har en komplex inskrift på latin?
Medeltida dopfuntar har vanligen inga inskrifter,
och de som finns består oftast av korta
böner eller signaturer."

That is the puzzle and perhaps science writers should write their reports more like a detective story or a news story?

By Thomas Ivarsson (not verified) on 09 Jan 2015 #permalink

Dugout canoes must be good objects for dendrochronology. Add isotopic peculiarities and you can see the region where the tree grew. During their "lifetimes" they might change owners many times, following trade routes.

By BirgerJohansson (not verified) on 13 Jan 2015 #permalink

And dendrotopography! Each area and tree species has its own characteristic base curve. Allows you to identify wood origins.