Yet another Monday at Skepplanda

Monday mornings are often grey, so was this one. It started witha grey sky and heavy clouds that kept pouring rain on us but as the day progressed so did the weather. During the worst part of the rain we took a quick pause and went to Lodose museum to see their exhibit on the coastline curves on the west coast of Sweden, ie a display on how the water table have changed since the last Ice Age and onwards. A very interesting and clear exhibition, unfortunately we were only had a few minutes to scatter through prehistoric and medieval exhibition it seemed very nice and I’ll return later this summer to the museum for a more detailed visit.

Today we found out first shard of pitted ware, earlier during the excavation we’ve found several small ceramic shards but no ornated ones until now.

keramik skärva skepplanda

I also found my first arrow head, or at least a part of an arrow head today… though only the tongue.

arrow head skepplanda 32

Well, the beginning of the day was rainy and gray but at the end the sun was up and we’ve made a visit to Lodose museum, found some nice finds – all in all it turned out really good.

Magnus Reuterdahl

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About Magnus Reuterdahl

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 “Yet another Monday at Skepplanda

  • ArchAsa

    Great stuff – I personally think that the whole idea of calling West coast Middle Neolithic remains Pitted Ware culture is a huge misconception started by CJ Becker in a fit of economic/environmental determinism and pan-Nordic fervour (the man was right about almost everything except this in my book). Ludvig backs me up on this also, and a few others. But PWC is still the generally accepted term for coastal settlements on the West coast so until we manage to change that stick with the term by all means…

    I suppose you have checked out Strinnholm’s lic about the Middle Neolithic in the West. Some nice pictures of pottery that looks similar to the one you have found in case you haven’t. Lovely tanged arrow head, even if it is only part of one – jealous!

    • Magnus Reuterdahl

      I agree with you; there are obvious diffrences between PWC in east and west coast but there are also big diffrences between PWC on Åland and the Swedish eastcoast. I think the problem is “culture” as it several cultures with a number of similarities, such as coastal periodicity, certain artefacts and some ceramics (although there are also significant differences).

      We’ve made some really nice finds; about 10 arrow heads (type A, B and C and one late neolithic) and several scarpers. We’ve also found a slate arrow tip etc.We ‘ve also found a some hearths that might be of the age – in one of the I found a great little scarper and the broken arrow head. To make you a bit more jealous perhaps – in the tema is osteologist Leif Johnsson – so there’s a lot of talk about bones though don’t find any.

      Magnus

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