On the 15th of may 2007 one of the great profiles of Swedish osteology past away after a long battle with illness; Ebba During professor emeritus in Osteoarchaeology at Stockholm University. I am glad to have had a chance to befriend her and to have had her as a teacher. As a person she was warm and welcoming and as a teacher and mentor she was not only very good on her subject but also an inspiration and a support.
She is also known for her work with another shipwreck; Kronan, a Swedish ship that sank in 1676, and of course for her work with the pitted ware site of Alvastra.
It will take time to adapt mentally to the fact that she is no longer with us. I will remember her smile, her humour and her commitment to each student and to the Osteoarchaeological research laboratory. My thoughts are with her family.