Monthly Archives: August 2009

Currently on my bed stand is…

I’ve installed myself in my home for the coming weeks, in Tryserum a few miles south of Valdemarsvik in Smaland, Ostergotland County.

My internet connection is uncertain at best, but right now it seems to work. So instead of surfing I’m glad to have brought a more analogue pleasure to kill time; books.

On this trip I brought the unauthorized autobiography by one of my all-time favourite authors; Robert Bloch. Once around the bloch (1993). He’s mayhap most famous for his novel Phsyco, he’s written plenty of gold nuggets such as; The Man Who Collected Poe, The Funnel of God, Fear Today, Gone Tomorrow etc.

once around the bloch

This is a great read, fan of Robert Bloch or not, as he have lived an interesting life or do tell the tale of his life as if he did. It starts; I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. The trouble is, it has somebody else’s initials on it…


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What’s happening here?

Another week is coming towards its end and once again I’ll prepare myself to go home to Stockholm. The next couple of weeks I’ll be working in Ostergotland just south of Valdermarsvik doing an archaeological investigation for a wind farm. I and a colleague will conduct a survey of the area where we will visit known ancient remains and cultural relics and search for dittos.

This week I’ve had Bobby Womack as company while doing prep work for the next couple of week’s survey and while finishing a couple reports.

Yet again I’ll manage to miss another Martin Rundqvist’s  Stockholm blogmeet (Sept 2nd), but that’s no reason for you to miss it; more info here!

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Eddie Izzard on archaeology

Natures/cultures present Four stone hearth # 74 lots of great posts, some humor (I’ve stole this youtubeclip of Eddie Izzard) and do you want to know more of the bejewelled penis enlarger, well the lets hold hands and be off to never never land… 

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Indoor activities

This week is all office work, I’ve finished a report on the survey in Lerum municipality, Västra götland county, we did earlier this summer. Currently I am working on preparations for a survey in Valdemarsvik municipality, Östergötland county, that’s to start next week. Preparing maps, studying the National Heritage Board´s database for archaeological sites and monuments (FMIS), fixing living quarters etc. other fun duties are accounting for work and travel for the last weeks to the payroll office.

I’ve got some cool pictures from the partly mideval Viby church, Östergötland, and the rune stone Ög FV1965;54 that I’ll post on later on this week.

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Uppgränna 2009

 Uppgränna 1

A few weeks ago I passed Uppgränna, a small community just north of Gränna on the east shore of lake Vättern. Uppgränna is a beautiful small community beneath the shadow of the ruin Brahehus. Brahehus was built in 1650 and destroyed in a fire 1708, more info and pictures can be seen here.

Uppgränna Brahehus

Uppgränna Brahehus 2

Besides the view one can also see this rune stone (Sm 122) in Uppgränna.

Sm 122

Inscription; suin : risþi : stina : þesi : eftiR : oslak : auk : eftiR : kuta : sun : hons : en : oslaks : uas : bruþiR : suins :

Translation; Sven raised these stones after Áslakr and after Goti, his son. And Áslakr was Sven’s brother.

The inscription indicates that Sven raised more stones than one.

Minnessten Uppgränna kapell

Only a few meters from the rune stones is a spring, St. Gertruds spring, by which a small chapel, Helga korsets kapell (the chapel of the holy cross) was built during the Middle Ages and served in the 1700s, it is also said that there was a grave field with mounds here. Of the chapel there is nothing left and as far as I know there are no visible traces of the cemetery either, though the source is still filled fresh water, but it is on private land.

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Waiting for Åsa M Larssons…

…thesis act 1.

Åsa M Larsson announces at her blog Ting & Tankar that she submitted her thesis to the printer and that the dissertation takes place on Friday 18th September at 13 Geijersalen, Hus 6, Engelska Parken Humanistiskt Center, Uppsala University. I will do my best to attend, a vacation request is sent. 

Åsa says that we can expect a monster to the thesis, at least by weight. The key word is Neolithic and I know she’ll throw in a bone or two as well.


Best wishes, I’ll keep my fingers crossed (not that I think that it’s needed but still…)!

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Some links to Swedish archaeology

An answer to Paulo at ArchaeoJobs

updated 2009-09-16 – updated link to Umeå University

In a comment I was asked a question concerning the archaeological profession in Sweden and I thought it would be easy to find some summaries at Riksantikvarieämbetet (the National Heritage Board); there is some information to be found there; the National Heritage Board in English. As I scaned through some pages for info I decided to make a small summery of links concerning Swedish archeology, many of them are in Swedish though some are in English. At Svenska Arkeologiska samfundet (the Swedish archaeological association) (link in Swedish) is a good collection of links to museums, institutes, companies, databases, webpages etc. though some are missing.

Lets start with education. There are several university educations in archaeology and related subjects such as osteology and archaeological sciences in Sweden;

The Universities do carry out some field archaeology within research projects and field courses.

All excavating  archaeology, exploratory and research projects, is based on the Cultural Heritage act (link in Swedish) and decided by the County Administrative Boards in each county under the supervison of the the National Heritage board, a department under the Ministry of Culture.

Exploratory archaeology is in turn carried out by the National Heritage Board through UV (thier exploratory field unit) divided into several regional offices, by most county museums and some other museums, by a few foundations and some private companies.

When an area is to be exploited the County Administrative Board in each county determine if any archaeological efforts are necessary, if so the archaeological process has three legs;

  • An archaeological inquiry – to determine if there are any cultural or ancient remains that is affected of the indented enterprise, for example a road or a house
  • An archaeological investigation – to delimit a cultural or ancient remain and to provide a basis for what can be expected to be found in removing it, for example how many graves and what type of graves. The investigation shall be carried out in a way that the County Administrative board and that any company have a basis to calculate the cost of the same.
  • Excavation or removal of the remain and documentation of the ancient monument.

Thereafter they either contact a contractor directly to offer a job or several contractors by procurement (according to the Public Procurement act), depending on the size of the contract (in €). To be up for a bid an institution or company must have made an offer of interest to do archaeology in that county to the County Administrative board.

Each the County Administrative board have archaeologist who do the assessmenst and follw ups on the contracts.

Links to Swedish archaeological entrepreneurs;

Institutions and museums

  • UV  (link in Swedish)
  • County museums (link to them all there a quite a few of them)



  • RIO (link in Swedish)

Private companies

Other links

A pdf on the Swedish Exploratory archaeology though only available in Swedish

There is of course also a lot of nice Swedish archaeology blogs; an easy way is to follow most of them is via the forum arkeologiforum service Arkeologibloggar (via RSS), most are in Swedish but a few, among them mine, are written in English.

Now this is just quick summery and I’ve probably missed a whole lot of stuff so please send me mail or add a comment if anyone wants something to added or think I’ve missed out on something.

Best wishes

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In Stockholm

This week became somewhat ”short” as we worked fast in the field which led to an extra day in Stockholm – not work free as I currently is writing a report on the work in Ravbacka – but an extra day in my own bed never the less.

Well, let’s go back to work!

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Speed update

Been a little tired these last few days (arcaheological jet lag?); the small excavtion in Ostergotland, Klockrike, gave nothing. We did a number of search shafts, which were more or less empty. All we found were some pieces bricks, normally you can find porcelain, scrap iron, glass, etc. but here it was basically completely empty.

Then it was off to Lerum in Vastergotland where we have added to an earlier survey which led to three descriptions of three croft ruins and one remain from charcoal production.

Tomorrow morning it’s off to Stockholm to finish up a report.

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New week, new locality

I have just arrived in Motala in Ostergotland for two days of work, a small archaeological investigation to delineate a settlement just outside of Motala.

Then follow a couple of days of survey work in Lerums municipality, in the same area I was a month ago; Rävbacka because they want to use another area for wind energy works.

A lot of travelling, it’s tuff but gives me the possibility to see much of the country and visit places and cultural and ancient remains I probably never would seen otherwise, juist one of the perks with this particular job. 

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