Monthly Archives: March 2009

Home again!

A few days in Greece with good wheatear and company is ended, unfortunately we didn’t get to see the grave of Phillip II as it became too expensive to travel there. Instead I visited the Archaeological museum and the Museum of Byzantine culture in Thessaloniki and some archaeological remains in the city in the eminent company of Anne-Sofie Gräslund, professor of Archaeology Uppsala University and Gunnel Engvall, professor emerita French Language Stockholm University. I’ll get back to theses in few coming posts with pictures and comments.


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On location in Thessaloniki

Since yesterday I’m on location in Thessaloniki though I’ve yet to see any culture. Now I’m here on business via a board I’m on so work comes first. 

Besides my ventures in archaeology and osteology I also am on the board of Folkuniversitet, an adult educational association with its roots in the Swedish Universities of Stockholm, Uppsala, Göteborg, Lund and Umeå. Folkuniversitetet is working with high school and adult education in various forms but the main frame and what the association is based upon is popular adult education. It is with them I’m visiting Thessaloniki.

Today we visited Cedefop (the European Centre for the development of Vocational training) which was interesting, some information was new but foremost I feel that I got a better view on the European (EU) view on the matter as a whole.

thessaloniki cedefop

Hopefully the culture part will be filled tomorrow afternoon (when I plan to visit the city) and on Saturday (when some of us plan to visit Vergina; where the tomb of Filip II is. Filip II was Alexander the great’s father, the tomb was found and excavated during the 70’s).

Best wishes

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Arrived in Greece

I’ve arrived in Thessaloniki at a luxurious hotel, but as we went up at about 0400 this morning all we’ve been able to put in are food, wine and a few beers. Today it’s cold and rainy but the wheatear report promises better weather forth.

I’ll get update tomorrow with a bit more substance.

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…a ticket for an aeroplane…

I’m off to Greece and Thessaloniki so the next post is from there.


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Sorry that the testimony been a bit quite lately, this has been due to a lot of work, a lot of job application writing and  few days home in the flu. Hopefully I’ll feel a bit better come next week as I’m going to Greece on Wednesday and that night be grounds for a few interesting posts.


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Four Stone Hearth 62

Don’t miss Four Stone Hearth 62 the OSSA edition at the (Swedish) Osteological Associations blog.


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Call out for Four Stone Hearth #62

On March 11th the next Four Stone Hearth blog carnival will hit the web hosted by the Swedish Osteological Association. If you want to participate with a post or have a recommendation of a post contact them at of_nyheter[delete_this] or leave a comment at their blog.

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12 songs

I got challenged by Asa M Larsson at Ting & Tankar (Blog in Swedish) to present 12 songs that mean something or that might say something about me, this challenge originates from another Swedish blog; the real Mymlan.

I’m beat, I don’t know how many song I’ve added and then replaced and I can’t say that this list in anyway represent anything else than some songs that stuck with me …

12 songs isn’t really all that much, when I was younger I worked at second hand record store. At the time I started I was 15 or 16 and a metal head but the constant access to music, all kinds of music formed a basis of a much wider musical taste, which might not be obvious by checking out this list. At a time my record collection was quite large including several thousand LP’s, EP’s, singles and Cd’s. Today it’s a lot smaller; a few hundred CDs and ca 100 LP’s and a few singles but I also have accessibility to music via Spotify etc.

I’ll begin where it all started; I wanted the best and I got the best, the hottest band in the land; KISS. The first album I bought was Best of solo albums and then I was captured by big hair, big guitars and hard rock. This song is not from that album but from Hotter than hell (1975) – Going blind, this version live from the 1996 unplugged sessions.

After a while Kiss felt a bit soft and other band became more important such as the grandfathers of doom, the Birmingham fab four; Black Sabbath here performing in Paris 1970; notice that the old geezer is young and fab – War Pigs

And yet heavier it would be. Slayer made Metallica seems soft; Raining blood (1986)

Though I liked the heavy stuff it wasn’t really good as background music in the store so I found bands like Nazareth that was heavy but a little more mellow – Please don’t judas me(1975)

…and another fav was/is Thin Lizzy here with – Dancing In The Moonlight (1977)

During the 80’s the guitar driven metal by such as Eddie van Halen, Stevie Vai & Yngwie Malmsteen rose to fame. When I first heard No parole from rock n’ roll -live sentence I was blown away; Alcatrazz (1984)- Hiroshima mon amour

But times change and new influences came via the lost boys, in the soundtrack by Echo & The Bunnymen but originally by the Doors – People are strange (Live)

The 60’s became a new fountain of finding great music; a few gems

Marianne Faithfull – Scarborough Fair

…and the Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes (Live)

During the late 80’s and 90’s I found more contemporary music such as Nirvana and Guns ‘n’ roses, but evil Elvis were way cooler and darker than them; Danzig – Blood And Tears (1992)

Another singer/songwriter with a dark streak is Nick Cave here w. P J Harvey in Henry Lee( live )

Now there’s lots and lots more I want to include on this list so I’m tempted to challenge myself on one of my other blogs but I guess that would be cheating… so I pass on the torch to; Alun Salt, Ulf Bodin, Erik Dardell, Claes Theliander, Pierre Petersson, Johan Normark och Micke Nordin or to anyone else who feels up to the challange!

At last number twelve; Konichiwa Bitches – Robyn


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Sustainable development

As some of you might know by now I work as an archaeologist, several of my employments have been and currently is as an antiquary at  County Administrative boards. This means that I work primarily with the application of the cultural heritage law, participate in decisions and consultations, ordering investigations and such. In other words as an antiquary at a County Administrative board I’m rarely working in the field with excavation and stuff, but on occasion with surveys and supervision*. While doing this work one often comes before terms that are not purely connected with archaeology or cultural heritage such as; Sustainable development.

Ever given any thought on the meaning of that term? It is a term that often is used quite volatile and rarely defined, instead it is understood that you shall know the meaning. Depending on the issues at hand this might very well be the case but on many occasions, however, it may feel, to say the least, as a very vague concept. Therefore I was glad to find a definition that is relatively easy to apply.

The Brundtland Commission (1987) is a UN commission, formally known as the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED); they give the following definition of sustainable development:

Sustainable development is development that meets our needs today without compromising those of future generations to take their“.

It might not cover all occasions it being used but it makes it more workable as a term when you get a basic definition as a starting point.


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*) Now I do participate in excavation and do osteological analysis as well as working as an antiquary as I’ve been lucky enough to get employments as by museums and other Archaeological companies from time to time.

A prolongation of employment

It seems I’ll stay for at least another month ’til the end of April as I got offered a prolongation of my employment at the County Administrative Board in Norrbotten.

So perhaps I’ll see a Norrbottnian spring as well as a winter. It’s been nice to have had a real winter; with lots of snow and cold temperatures. Down south where I’ve spent most my winters the winter is more of a period of grey; a perpetual mix of fog, rain, sometimes snow and thaw.

Later this month I’m going to Thessaloniki (Θεσσαλονίκη) in Greece for a few days, if anyone has tips of must visit sites in Thessaloniki please write a comment.

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