Monthly Archives: June 2007

Rune stones in Kronobergs County

Now available for those who are interested in rune stones is a folder regarding the ca 150 rune inscriptions that are spread out over Kronobergs County, “Runor Runes Runen”. The folder is printed in English, German and Swedish and can be ordered from the County administrative board of Kronoberg, the folder is free of charge within Sweden and I think its free of charge otherwise aswell (but I can’t promise) it is also available on the tourist bureaus around the county.

folder front

Fill in the form, if you want one for free!

First fields: Antal = quantity, Name, e-mail, address etc (I think you understand)

In the last field called “meddelande” (message) fill in the name of the folder “Runor Runes Runen”, if you are from outside Sweden you can add a question if its free for you as well.

This folder contains some nice pictures and information concerning ten rune stones, some information in general regarding the runic inscriptions in the county and a map, see pictures below.



On another note, read about the exciting find of one of the biggest Iron Age roundhouses ever has been found in Scotland near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire on the blog Antiquarian’s Attic.  

//Magnus Reuterdahl

Four Stone Hearth XVII

Don’t forget the blog carnival now featured at Hominin Dental Anthropology on line since the 20th.

 Magnus Reuterdahl

Carl von Linné is 300 years old and here are his roots

As I wrote in my previous post I went along for a day following in the footsteps of Carl von Linné. Carl von Linné was born in the farmstead of Råshult in Kronoberg County in 1707 therefore there is a celebration this year on his 300th birthday (year).

Cral von Linné

Carl von Linné 1707-1778

Carl von Linné then Carl Linnæus was born on Råshult, after ca 18 months he and his family moved to a nearby farm called Stenbrohult only 18 months after his birth as Carls father became a minister there. Neither of the estates have any buildings from Carls time still standing.

Stenbrohult church

Stenbrohult church.

Our trip started at Stenbrohult where we visited the church, built in 1828-1830. By then the medieval church in which Carl von Linneus father and then brother had been minister in had been torn down and this new one had been built. Today only a few objects are saved from the old church: A medieval crucifix hangs on the north wall, on the wall in the porch there are paintings that was originally placed upon a gallery in the old church, theses paintings are from ca 1710 and were painted by Hans Brachwagen.

Painted gallery

The pieces of the painted gallery from 1710.

Outside of the church, just to the north, an open trench shows parts of the old wall.

Stenbrohult medieval church medieval crucifix

The medieval church and crucifix.

On the south side of the church, within the cemetery, where the old minister estate where Carl was brought up. The buildings were standing until ca 1880. Today there isn’t much to be seen but an old cellar. Earlier this year Smålands Museum excavated parts of this the area. From the excavation a trench is still open within which a part of the foundation for a building is visible.

Cellar at Stenbrohult

The entrence to the cellar.


After this we went to Råshult where Carl was born. Evan though there are no structures from the days that Carl lived here there is a house from ca 1750 that has been restored to show how a ministers living quarters could have looked like in the 18th century. This building is very nicely restored and the furniture and living spaces are interesting to watch, when with a guide you are also allowed to touch and feel the artifacts in the house. Outside the house are several gardens that show how both gardening techniques and what kind of plants that were used at the time. Besides the buildings and herb plantations there are several paths one can walk and study the landscape of the 18th centaury through grazing meadows and inland acres. It is all very beautiful but its also reconstructions of the past. Therefore this should be seen as a form of museum or just a nice holiday scenic spot. On the blog Frog in a well there is a post on reconstructions, rebuilding and authenticity in China that is a bit interesting in comparison with this.



Råshult1 Råshult2 Råshult3 1

Pictures of the interior design of Råshult.



A meadow at Råshult.

A important plant in the 18th century in Småland was Hops (Humulus lupulus) that was used for beer among other things, here are a few plants that shows how they where grown.


A pic of Hops.

Magnus Reuterdahl

In the footstep of Carl von Linné

Today I am going on a tour, with my employee and the staff of department I work in at Kronobergs County board, to Carl von Linné’s Råshult, the farmstead where he was born and lived for the first years. Nothing of the original structures exists today. Around the now standing structures there is an ongoing project to show how the landscape and a farm might have looked like in Linnés days, in other words a kind of museum.

Cral von Linné

Carl von Linné was born in 1707 and died in 1778. He is one of the most famous scientists from Sweden both in his time and today, more info about Linné can be found here

This is my first visit so I’ll give a few comments later today and put up some pics.In the mean time you can visit the homepage of Råshult here.

Magnus Reuterdahl

Back at the office!

Monday morning and my vacation is over for this time. The first part of the project is done; I have visited all the sites and monuments that we worked on last year. In general the result is fine, on some sites new damages have come up due to the storm Per in 2007 and due to reforesting. Within this project I will also visit and try to describe how the immediate surroundings around rock carvings have been affected, how cultural and ancient monuments close to small roads in storm afflicted areas has been affected and I will also visit some areas with fossilized acres to describe how the reforesting has affected the relics within these areas.

Söraby 26:1

A monumental cairn in the north part the Borlanda grave field, in Söraby parish, raa 26. 

Finally we have some money for at least one grave field where we would like to make an effort at restoring it so it once again can be accessible for the public.

Söraby 26 2

The midsection of Borlanda grave field. In the background the cairn, by the trees one can catch a glimpse of two ship-formed stone settings.

Söraby 26 3

Photo from the midsection of the grave field towards south.

More to come…

Magnus Reuterdahl  

Last post updated with pictures

Just to notify, now the last post is updated with pictures.

Back in the blogging groove

Now I am back in Sweden but the computer I currently operate hasn’t got a SD-card reader and therefore I can’t yet show any pictures from my trip to Germany. As I mentioned I my previous post I and my girlfriend visited a few interesting sites, among them an amphie theatre in Trier we also visited the dome and saw the basilica of Konstantin which was build ca 300 AD.

basilica of Konstantin in Trier A pic of the basilica of Konstantin in Trier.

amphie theatre

The amphie theatre in Trier, in a few days a concert is to be held and that of course disturbs the picture.

Under the amphie theatre

It was possible to go in under the theater and watch the constructions.

The Dome in Trier

The Dome in Trier, this was quite a mighty structure and it was diffcult to get a picture that shows some of its might, this is taken from the southwest corner.

We also visited the ruins of Kyrburg castle in Kirn and the castle in Dhaun that is partly restored and hosts a hotel/hostel, both beautiful sites.

ruins of a Kyrburg castle in Kirn

Ruin of Kyrburg castle in Kirn

ruins of Kyrburg castle in Kirn 2

A close up of the ruin of Kyrburg castle in Kirn

Dhaun Castle

The Castle of Dhaun, the visible “tower” is open for tourists, see pics below.

Inside Dhaun Castle  Inside Dhaun castle 2

Inside the castle

Dhaun castle 2

 Some parts are still habitable…

A ruin at Dhaun Castle

…and some parts are not.

We also visited Ribe in Denmark, where we had a quick look at the Viking museum and walked through the old town with its historic and middle age buildings. Ribe is a beautiful town that I wished that we had more time for; we’ll make time for the next time we are in the neighbourhood. As well as Danevirke, Haithabu and the other interesting sites that is nearby. I at least got to see the runic inscription (DR EM85;151B $ ) made upon a piece of a human ossa parietale (I am not a 100% sure it also could be a piece of the ossa frontale) (a piece of a human skull bone) that was found in Ribe.

DR EM85;151B $

The inscription is as follows:

ulfuR Auk uþin Auk HutiuR ‘ HiAlb buris ‘ uiþR  þAiMA uiArki Auk tuirkuniG buur

ulfuR Auk uþin Auk HutiuR ‘ HiAlb buri (i)s uiþR þAimA uiArki Auk tuirkuniu buur

ulfuR Auk uþin Auk HutiuR ‘ HiAlb buri (i)s uiþR ¶ þAiMA uiArki Auk tuirk unin buur

Translated to English:

Ulfr and Óðinn and Hydyr … … against that pain and … …

Ulfúrr and Óðinn and Hátyr are help for Burr against these: pain and dwarfstroke. Burr

Ulfr and Óðinn and Há-<tiuR>. Help is <buri> against that pain. And the dwarf (is) conquered. Bour(r).

The translation and transliteration is taken from Samnordiskruntextdatabas 2.0.

Viking museum in Ribe

A pic from inside the Ribe Viking museum, watch out for the cool whale vertebrae.

Tomorrow it’s off to Värmland to celebrate the Midsummer Eve, unfortunately I won’t have access to a computer there so I won’t be able to post until Sunday. If I have time I will visit an archaeological excavation in Jönköping tomorrow and perhaps take a few pictures for the blog.

Magnus Reuterdahl

From Germany with love

At the moment I am in a small city just outside Trier called Leiwen. So far I have seen the amphie theatre, the dom and the basil of Konstantin in Trier. A few days ago we made a stop at the medieval city Ribe in Denmark where we visted The Viking museum and walked throw the city.

I have had a problem with the transfer of my pictures to this computor so I’ll update in few days.

 Magnus Reuterdahl

I’m free…

I’m going on vacation to Germany for about a week or so. Hopefully I will have access to computers so I can update this blog. During my stay I will live on a couple of vineyards in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer and in the Nahe district. Expect for the Riesling experience I hope to see some archaeological sites, museums or otherwise interesting places.

Magnus Reuterdahl

Hemmesjö old church and some cremated bone.

One of my interests is medieval churches (foremost I like to crawl through the addicts and look at the roof constructions). One of the most beautiful medieval churches in Småland is the old church at Hemmesjö, in Hemmesjö parish. The most beautiful thing about it is its location, and I really couldn’t get a good photo so if you want to see it you’ll have to visit it.

Hemmesjö ka apse

I took a couple of photos on some details however, the first photo is taken from northeast and shows the apse. The next two photos are of the two entrance doors, here both the northern and southern entrance are in place and both are decorated with medieval smithery. The north door is said to have been the entrance for women and the south for men.

South door Hemmesjö kyrka North door Hemmesjö kyrka

To the left the south door and to the right the north.

Sakristia Hemmesjö kyrka

The entrance to the roof was as you can see not accessible for me at this time.

At the time I visited this church it was open which was a bit lucky as this is not always the case now days as too many churches has been robbed during the last years. A beautiful Romanesque baptismal font with fabulous animals on is one of the sights another the altar screen from the 16th century. The church was built in the 12th century and was abandoned in 1850’s. It was restored in the 1920’s and has been maintained since then.

Romanesque baptismal font

Romanesque baptismal font.

Earlier that day I had visited a few graves, small Cairns probably from the early Iron Age that had been damaged by the storm Per earlier in 2007. In one of the graves a tree had been rooted up and within the damaged area I found some fragments of cremated bones. Hopefully we can get some money to restore or excavate this grave. As I only found a few fragments and no coal or artifacts there is probably any need for an excavation, in this case I believe its better to restore it so as much of the scientific values are safe for the future.

Cremated bone fragment

On the photo a small piece of cremated bone, the suture shows that it is from a cranium and this is most likely human.

Upheaved roots in a grave

The damage of up heaved roots.

//Magnus Reuterdahl

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