Week one in Norrbotten 2008

This week I’ve part of a small excavation of a hearth. The hearth has been part of a cot or a staltomt. In an earlier post I was a bit wrong regarding the geography of the place that we just excavated. It’s not south of Kalix but east of Kalix by the lake Renträsk in the vicinity of Lantjärv just a few km west of lokal 7 where we dug last year.


During the week we have been excavating this hearth. The hearth is placed upon a rock.


This particular one seems to be from the 18th or 19th century, according to the finds. The hearth probably looked very much like this one we built.


The finds are bones from several animals such as elk, reindeer, fish and birds. We have also found a couple of nails, a fishing hook and some fragments of clay pipes.

The next couple of days I will be working on cleaning and registrating the finds and do some osteology on the bones.

The excavation has been carried out by Norrbottens museum.

Magnus Reuterdahl


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

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