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After the games been played

As we’re in the middle of a fantastic European football championship and one can watch top match after match delivered as they were produced on a conveyor belt – it’s kind of hard imagine a time with less or no top football to watch – though we all know it’s lurking there just around the corner. With several months for the next Champions league, Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga or Italian Serie A and then again years for the next World or European championship.

In Sweden we can still enjoy football during the summer as Allsvenskan (Swedish first division) and Superettan (Swedish second division) etc. runs its course during this part of the year (though I wont claim it’s great football) and still here is my love in the football world – Jönköping Södra IF aka J-Södra, somewhere in the middle of the second division. And though it seems every season gives cause for a heart attack as they seems be stuck around relegation line to the lower divisions.

Stadsparksvallen in Jönköping

Stadsparksvallen in Jönköping, just before the season started 2012

It then you realize there are always those have it worse. This midsummer I spent in the small community Långban in Värmland. This village was mining community that had its hay day before 1972 when the mines closed down.

And there while taking a walk I saw what was left of a someones dream, someones favourite team, a graveyard of football memories – though I can’t much on the internet.

The team was called Långban IF, they started in 1924, they played in red and white, the “area” was called Mullvaden (the Mole) and the senior team, was cancelled in 1968 though if I understand it right they made a swift comback in the early 80′s. Långban IF has a webpage though (in Swedish).

It’s when I see this, I’m a glad that my favourite team still is in the loop, I can see my team not just the remains of what once was a team. Still this is ancient remain, a part of our Cultural Heritage, a reminder of what once was, someone’s dreams and aspirations, joy and sorrow, a monument of past glory’s and defeats.

Magnus Reuterdahl


There is a light in the end of the tunnel

Finally spring seems to have gotten a grip on Scandinavia – the snow is slowly melting, the sun shows its warm face and shines upon us, at least occasionally; the darkness that have had a far too long run this year is withering.

Another sure sign is that one begins to plan for field work; as it seems now it’ll start just after Easter for me, from there on it’ll be a few weeks in the southern parts of Sweden – which is perfect as I probably will be able to catch Jonkoping Sodra first home game against Angelholm in Superettan (football (soccer) Sweden’s second division) April 20th.

Regarding the field work – I’ll let you know when I know for certain – but there seems to start with a survey and continue with a couple of archaeological investigations.

Though I have a lot of things to finish before that, I have an article that needs to be finished about Yangshao for the paper Kinarapport (China report) a report that needs to be finished for the Yangshaoproject, a small article for Benbiten the Swedish Osteological associations periodical – b.t.w. if you have an article on osteology, physical anthropology or an interesting find due to something bone connected as graves, settlements etc. you´re very welcome to contribute (for more information see here). We gladly accept articles in English as well as Swedish. I’ve also need to prepare for a lecture that my associate Johan Klange and I are to hold in Savona, Italy, later this spring about Chinese neolithic painted pottery traditions in the Yellow river valley.

On another note I found some nice prints to hang on my walls here in Ostersund, they been a bit naked. 6 of 9 reprints of Charta Marina aka Charta Gothica by Olaus Magnus (1497-1557). The original was made in 1539 and copies of that in 1572. This reprint is presumably from sometime during the 20th century – the frames are hideous but the maps fantastic.

The southern part of Sweden and Denmark

The northern part of Sweden Norway and Finland

Scotland, a small part of Britain and the Holland

 

Best wishes

Magnus Reuterdahl


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