Monthly Archives: May 2009

Some “new” books in the collection

I’ve got a few post not ready for posting yet; on the rune stones at Fresta church north of Stockholm and on the adventures in Skarlunda outside of Sodertalje. These will be posted during the week to come as I will work in Lerum some miles east of Gothenburg.

This weekend I’ve been attending a wedding and gotten a few hours in Jonkoping where I picked up a few books, some more fun than others, what do you think of these cool titles;

Clergyman and others. 1790. The biographical and martyrological dictionary: containing the lives, sufferings, and deaths, of the most eminent martyrs and confessors of Christ… By a clergyman and others. Newcastle upon Tyne: printed by M. Angus

 dic 1

A few illustrations;

dic 2

 dic 3

Cutter, Calvin, M. D. 1854. A treatise on anatomy, physiology, and hygiene: designed for the colleges, academies, and families. Published by Benjamin B. Mussey and Co. Boston, 466 sidor.


Waddilove (W.J.D.)1847. The Lamp in the Wilderness with Fragmenta Vetusta. An Examination of Symbols as applicable to History and explicable by Scripture. Hexham 1847


Among these I also got a few others, I’ll get back to them later. 

Magnus Reuterdahl


Skepplanda 230

The last week I’ve been participating in an excavation of an Neolithic settlement (Skepplanda 230) in Skepplanda parish near Skepplanda. The settlement was ca 35 x 20 m. In 2006 an archaeological investigation was carried out to determine the settlement size. At this time several search trenches were dug and 10 flints were found which were added to three finds of flint during the archaeological examination or survey earlier in 2006.

Skepplanda 230 3

The area was quite small and the previous finding quite scarce and so was our findings; a few hearths or cooking pit and some flints. But the weather was mostly good most and so was the company; but due to a bit of rain that came and went I didn’t bring my camera to site besides the first day.

Skepplanda 230 2

I’ll be going back to Skepplanda in the end of June for another excavation of yet another settlement, the coming week I’ll participate in an archaeological investigation in Sodertalje a few miles from Stockholm.

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Involuntary radio silence

I’ve participating in a dig about 50 km north of Gothenburg, Sweden’s 2d largest city; I’ll come back to the dig at a later time. As I came to Gothenburg last Sunday I hadn’t expected that just 5 miles north thereof we would have no cell phone access which of course also meant no internet access, this relates to our living quarters. At the dig just north of Skepplanda during day time my phone worked but my internet connection only works from 19.00- 07.00 so this didn’t help me much. Well now I am sitting on the train to Stockholm and experiencing a bit of internet abstinence so I’ll update you on the dig later on – I have internet surfing to be done.

The dig concerned the settlement Skepplanda 230, a Neolithic settlement, but as I said more about that tomorrow or so. Next week I’ll work in Sodertalje a few miles south of Stockholm and a few days on a report. 

Magnus Reuterdahl

2+ years and post # 276

I just realised that I missed to mark Testimony of the Spades two year anniversary which was on April 10th. Well I’ll just have to better my memory to remember April 10th 2010 instead. I’m pleased with these first two years and have no plan to stop.

Later today I’ll look at a possible place to live in Ostersund for the summer.

Have a good day – I will!

Magnus Reuterdahl

The future of archaeology

I’m currently reading a new book; Arkeologisk framtid (Archaeological future) edited by Tore Artelius & Anna Källén. It is a collection of 13 essays based on the 2008 Swedish archaeologist meeting in Lund. The book is published by Svenska arkeologiska samfundet (The Swedish archaeological society).

arkeologins framtidThe essays are divided into three themes.

  1. 1. Future grand narratives
  2. 2. Future perspective – from where?
  3. 3. The role of the different archaeologies in the future

The book starts with the statement that the grand narratives time is over and that the regional and local instead have become the key. However the proclamation is a bit premature as it still is presented by geneticists, evolutionary scientists and others. So the editors asks the question if it is time for a comeback for the grand narratives, if this is something we want and how they will look like?

Personally, I am glad that we do not have Twitter archeology – prehistoric summarized in a few lines in a news headline from – though to some extent this is where have at present. How do we achieve with our results, knowledge and ideas to the public without being speculative or headline junkie. As they say publish or perish – if your not visible you don’t exist – and the grants equals zero.

Anyhow this seems like a good and interesting book. In Sweden it feels like the essays in themselves been a thing of the past especially within archaeology so this feels a bit fresh – as recycling is with the time – so maybe essays are a part of the future of archaeology!

Well I’ll get back to you with more thoughts on the individual essays.

Magnus Reuterdahl

I love my spotify

Spotify makes me rediscover a lot of bands I seem to have forgotten such as Accept!

Spotify playlist; I’ve would have wanted London leatherboys instead of Balls to the walls but that wasn’t available at Spotify so that goes in the youtube version insted

Though the title really is Breaking up away

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Snap shots of a city

I promised some pictures from Ostersund here they are


This is where it all happens – Arkeologicentrum  HQ– still a diamond in the rough but its getting there.


Now this is a bit like Ostersund, it is what I would call a cozy town with lots of old houses, Some are in good condition other a bit rough mixed with buildings from the 60’s, 70’s and more contemporary ones. I really like this mix of old and new, of fine finish and roughness etc.





Still wherever you are you feel close to nature.


Jamtli – the county museum (I’ll come back to this at a later time) but also my home temporary home (still haven’t found a place to live yet), just to the left of the big builing.

And finally a glimpse of Storsjon (the Great lake) home to Swedens own Nessie Storsjöodjuret (the Great Lake Monster) – sorry shes nowhere to be seen on my pictures.


Well I’ll get back to you with more pictures and perhaps better ones.

Magnus Reuterdahl

The week progresses

As the week progresses I learn more about the company, my colleagues and my schedule to come; as it seems right now I’ll spend next week up here and then I might turn my wheels south for an excavation, more about that later. At a small company like Arkeologicentrum the schedule is bound to be somewhat preliminary as we constantly have to adjust to what happens around us, which in some cases might be hard but at the same time creates excitement.

I’ve really haven’t had all that much free time this week, but this afternoon I hope to have some pictures from Ostersund for you. At least I remembered my camera today and I’ll take the car for a spin later this afternoon as I will check out a possibly apartment at Froson.

Be with you again later today

Magnus Reuterdahl

Good Morning

I’m back and blogging again!

I awoke in Ostersund this morning after my first day at Arkeologicentrum in Scandinavia. The first days, as always, concerns a lot of getting stuff in place and learning more about the employer.

So yesterday was a slow nudge in and I guess, at least partly, so is today. I’ll also need to get around getting a place to live and learning my surroundings.

I’ll get back to you

Magnus Reuterdahl

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