For Easter I’m going to Jonkoping to visit my parents, while I’m there I’ll visit the new exhibit at Jonkoping county museum on Jonkoping’s history.
I’m somewhat excited; Jonkoping County Museum (JLM) has done several interesting excavations on remains dating to the 17th and 18th century and will be interesting to see what those excavations have brought to the exhibit. “Downtown” Jonkoping was moved during the 17th century east of the mediaeval centre due to political factors. Jonkoping was probably established as a town during the 12th or 13th century, the oldest papers that name Jonkoping a city is dated to 1284 AD, and will probably be on display as well. Not much of the medieval Jonkoping has survived until today, at least not above ground. During later years a few excavations in the medieval part of the town has been made so there might also be some “new” finds from them. There has been two castles in Jonkoping, the first is mentioned in texts from the 13th and 14th century and the later was build ca 1600 AD. No visible remains of the castle are left, though JLM has opened a few trenches and found parts of walls etc. If I’ve understood it right part of the exhibit concerns the castle.
Once upon a time several Bronze Age cairns was about, most famous is perhaps the Sagaholm mound, as far as I know all are gone – most since the turn of the 20th century – some were excavated, as the Sagaholm mound and revealed interesting finds; among them several curbstones with carved images, no unlike the Kivik cairn.
In addition to this, I have a bag of books / reports that await me and my local book dealer also has a box or two with interesting new acquisitions. It’s a risk of my being broke before leaving Jonkoping this weekend.
The week after Easter I’ll go to Halland County and an archaeological investigation for a wind farm and then it’s off to Kronoberg County, where two preliminary archaeological investigations are to be performed. The field season is finally ongoing – spring is really here!