Summary week one; Linköping

 

As the weekend comes to an end we have done 7 days of archaeology in the Konserthusparken, Linköping (Me and Christer did two days last week as well). The excavation is going forward and some results are beginning to show.

In the southern part of the shaft we have identified a portion of a rather large wall, possibly of medieval origin, that is connected to a cellar found in the 60′s. We are not sure of the dating but there are several factors that points us in that direction; the cellar that originally was dug in the 60′s was then dated to the late middle ages, though the bases of that dating is not entirely clear, the masonry seems to be medieval though the wall is quite destroyed so it is difficult to say for sure, to this we can ad one find; a small piece of stone with a relief of a lion or something similar (see pic below) that probably is medieval, the context of the find is not entirely clear.

One of the details in the wall that fives it a medieval feel is a trench seen in the picture below.

 

 

A difficulty in the southern part of the shaft has been to identify the different layers partly due to the fact that there seems to be two separate demolition layers and several disturbances such as pits for dumping trash such as broken pots, glasses etc.

 

Archaeologists Lena and Mats excavating two pits.

At the end of the week we started on the southern part of the shaft. A working hypothesis is that these structures are part of at least two buildings that were more or less temporary. There seems to several remains after different kinds of stoves/hearths. One of these has been cleared, as we did this we could see that it is probably two hearths we common delimitation, here we are currently looking for the northern outer wall of this building.

 

A lot has been done but there’s still a lot do, next week we will probably concentrate on the northern structures and try to define limitations of the structures and the buildings as well as try to determine their individual usage.

 

Currently we are four archaeologist working on this site and on occasion other archaeologists from the museum comes around and help out for a day or two.

 

Here are the whole group; from the left Christer, Hanna, me and Lena.

At this dig this slogan has been our defining theme:

In translation; “Stone Age? No thanks” Now wouldn’t that make a great T-shirt?

The excavation is being carried out by Östergötlands County museum.

Bw

Magnus Reuterdahl

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I am an archaeologist/Osteologist from Sweden. My main intrest lays in north Euorpean archaeology in, preferbly the prehistory of the late iron age and the neolithic periods. I've also got a strong intrest for Chinese archaeology, especially the neolithc Yangshao culture. I also write about cultural heritage and cultural history. Mitt namn är Magnus Reuterdahl, jag är arkeolog och osteolog och arbetar företrädesvis i Sverige även om jag gjort ett par vändor till Kina. På den här bloggen skriver jag om mitt yrke, om fornlämningar, kulturarv och kulturhistoria m m. View all posts by Magnus Reuterdahl

2 responses to “Summary week one; Linköping

  • Irene

    Hei! Jeg har noen spørsmål om den biten av en steinskulptur som er funnet. Hva slags stein er det, og hvor stor er den? Har du/dere noen indikasjon på hvor den har vært innfelt? Jeg er meget interessert i den fordi den ligner på noe som finnes i nærheten av mitt hjemsted i Norge. En liten middelaldergåte vi har som heter Lunner Kirke. Men steinene der er ganske store Ca 30-50 cm brede og ca 30 eller så høye. Håper på svar!
    Irene

  • Magnus Reuterdahl

    Hi

    It was a few yeras ago and I don’t quite remember but I think it was made out of sand stone – the exacavation was made via Östergötlands County Museum so the stone should be in thier collection – you can contact them via thier website:

    http://www.ostergotlandslansmuseum.se/admin.html

    best wishes

    Magnus

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