Monthly Archives: September 2009

Project fill my already overcrowded shelves with more books continues…

A few weeks ago I bought a few ”new” books. One of the books is Mysteriernas bok : kulturhist. framställning af alla tiders och folkslags hemliga samfund och ordnar by Otto Henne-am-Rhyn  (1828-1914), printed in Stockholm by Ulrik Fredriksson 1891. The English title is History of the Secret Doctrines and Mystic Rites of Ancient Religions and Medieval and Modern Secret Orders. The book was originally published in Switzerland. 

I’ll get back to you with some notes on the book.

This week I’ll be in Ostersund on Monday till Wednesday working on some reports and then I’ll go to Aix-en-Provence for some work and just a pinch of holiday. Unfortunately I won’t have time for museums or excursions and such while visiting as the schedule is tight, though I know we’ll visit a vineyard and some scenic spots so there might be some cultural history for the blog to present. The week after that it seems like I’m off to excavate part of a quartz quarry for about week, together with my fiancée. She’s also an archaeologist but we’ve seldom have had the chance to work together so we’ll look forward to this. I’ll get back to you with a few facts on the quarry excavation when I know more. 

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Report from within a monster

I’ve begun reading Åsa M Larssons (Ting & Tankar) thesis; Breaking and Making Bodies and Pots: Material and Ritual Practices in Sweden in the Third Millennium BC.

400+ pages makes for a thick and heavy book and academia normally isn’t a light read but this is quite an easy read for an academic work. This is in part due to a good flow and good usage of language and in part due to a good disposition of the book where each chapter has a clear beginning and end and is well marked off. A lot of nice pictures and graphs gives some rest to dreary eyes but are also and more importantly illustrative to the text.

Some first notes; I’m not sure I agree with Asa in naming it a monster (at least not a growling one), at a first glance it’s more of slowly building crescendo of pitted ware data; background information, descriptions and syntheses mixed with some fun facts and good writing. Quite a pleasent read.

I’ve started with the osteological parts of the thesis on which I’ll posts some notes later on, as I read it through a little bit more in detail.

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Åsa Larsson is now a phd in archaeology


I had the pleasure to attend Åsa M Larssons dissertation and she passed with flying colures, and she was kind enough to thank me personally in the thesis as well as some other bloggers, thanks!

Åsa M Larsson

Cheers! Åsa a few seconds after she got the message that she was officially a PhD!

As a present we (me and my fiancée) gave her a 19th century print of craniums from the Swedish fauna and a comic book of one of my fav’s Sergio Aragonés Groo the Wanderer (Groo Svärdsbäraren) and as a message of wisdom I passed on a word of wisdom from Groo’s matser (translated by me) “No one wander so far as the empty headed  in his or hers hunt for words“.


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Off to Uppsala

Today is the day of truth for Åsa M Larsson at Ting & Tankar as she puts forward her thesis Breaking and Making Bodies and Pots. Material and Ritual Practices in South Sweden in the Third Millennium BC. I haven’t yet read the thesis but I’m looking forward to do so and to meet a lot of fellow archaeologist and osteologist.

Abstract and details

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New week, new book

As I visited Jonkoping during the weekend I met with a friend from whom I use to buy or borrow books, this time he lent me William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw from 1977. The book is set in Glasgow and resolves around detective Laidlaw.

I’ll get to you concerning the book. Now I am back in Tryserum to finish the survey I started last week after a few days in Vasterlosa parish, some miles southwest of Linkoping.

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Car swap

Mayhap not the king of the road but… 


…I say goodbye to my old faithful, a Mercedes 190 D 1993…


…and hallo to a new companion, a Nissan Almera 2001.


I’ll spend this week in Ostergotland and Smaland; on Monday and Tuseday we’ll (Arkeologicentrum) work on an archaeological investigation some miles southwest of Linköping and then back to Tryserum to continue onward with the survey from last week.

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Three times bitten

Being an archaeologist is dangerous work. You might trip and fall, you might get a tree branch in your eye, heavy machinery at digs present dangers, during some weeks elk hunters roam the woods etc. and then there are ticks (Ixodidae). In Sweden it’s most often Ixodes ricinus also known as the sheep tick or castor bean tick. They are vectors of tick-borne meningoencephalitis (TBE), this is possible to get vaccinated for which I’ve done, and lyme disease which you can’t get vaccinated for.  

When you’ve found one on you the itch starts, it seems you’ve got hundreds of them all over, this is of course just a mind game but in this case I found three of the little buggers stuck to different parts of my torso.


Picture from Wikipedia

It’s not many animals I truly detest but ticks are among those, ugly little bastards!!! It might have something to do with the biting or the fact that they don’t have any bones, animals should have bones…

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