Monthly Archives: August 2011

Cultural heritage connected to water

Tomorrow I’ll be going to 3-day seminar in Jonkoping called Kulturarv vid vatten (Cultural heritage connected to water). This can be remains connected to fishing, shipbuilding, ports, mills, forges, logging remnants, dyeing houses, bridges and roads across wetlands, historic and ancient remains under water, etc. E.g. remains of human activity in or close by waterfronts and wetlands.

We’ll visit lots of cool places, such as:

  • The mines of Taberg which has an important part in Sweden’s mining and iron industry.
  • Töllstorps industry museum – a museum concerning historic perspectives on the development of the town Gnosjö and the industries there.
  • The dams at the river Skärvån and Marieholm iron works – a history of small scale industries, along the river, there are remains of dams, mills, saws, rammers, wiring industries and an iron works hammer from the early 1800s to the early 1900s. At Marieholms, built in 1836, is a blast furnace, a forge for iron rods, a mechanical nail factory and a rolling mill etc.
  • The water fall in river Valån, tells the tale of logging in the inland of Småland County. Logging was in progress here from 1919 to the 1960s.
  • Another type of industries that need water was sawmills, we’ll visit Jära sawmill that was built in the 1860s and in work until the 1930s.
  • Currently a research project regarding battlefield archaeology is conducted at the Dumme mosse , a bog. In 1567 a battle between Danish soldiers and Swedish farmers took place. The farmers ware sent out to try to delay the Danish army so that the city of Jönköping could be burned and evacuated. The site has been identified and is currently exanimated.
  • We won’t see them live, but marine archaeologist Johan Rönnby will tell about the ancient remains under water in Lake Vettern. In the 1960s archaeological remains were found on the bottom of Lake Vettern, near Huskvarna. The remains are a cairn and different constructions made of stone and tree.

Besides this there will several lectures and of course several discussions concerning remains like these, how to work around and with them, preserve them and make them interesting for the public etc. I’m looking forward to it and hope to get some posts out of it – in due time 🙂


Magnus Reuterdahl


Day of Archaeology in Kalmar, Sweden. Arkeologidagen 2011 i Kalmar

Texten följer på svenska.

A few weeks ago I joined up with the web project Day of Archaeology 2011, check up the ca 400 blog posts on archaeology here. In Sweden we’ve have an annual Day of Archaeology irl where museums and institutions make different arrangements.

Kalmar County Museum is giving a mini seminar– if you know Swedish and is in the neighborhood you can come listen to me as I tell about the graves of Övra Vannborga. Two graves found under the remains of a late Iron Age settlement, one dated to early Iron Age, preroman time, and the other to the Mesolithic times. The dig is old, 1989-1991, but the graves are older 🙂 – I’ll talk about the excavation, the finds, the graves and on what information the bones has to give.

My colleague Ulrika Söderström will give a talk about an excavation made earlier this summer of an old glassworks in Målerås.

At Kalmar County Museum, 13.00-15.00, august 28th

Arkeologidagen 2011 Kalmar

På söndag den 28 augusti är du välkommen till Kalmar läns museum. Här kan du få höra undertecknad prata om Ölands äldsta kvinna och andra fynd från Övra Vannborga. En mindre del av boplatsen Övra Vannborga undersöktes 1989-1991. Boplatslämningarna är daterade till perioden 600-800 e Kr. Boplatslämningarna överlagrade dock två äldre gravar, den ena från förromersk järnålder och den andra från mesolitikum, daterad till ca 7000 f Kr cal C14. Jag kommer prata lite om platsen som sådan och om gravarna per se och vilken information benen kan ge.

Min kollega Ulrika Söderström kommer att hålla ett föredrag om de arkeologiska undersökningarna vid Målerås glasbruk som utfördes tidigare i somras.

Mer information finns på Kalmar läns museums hemsida (Såg just att informationen inte kommit upp än – men den kommer upp inom kort)

28 augusti, klockan 1300-1500, plats Kalmar läns museum

Magnus Reuterdahl

Into the vault

At present I’m digging into the history of blues and rock & roll via Josh Alan Friedman’s book Tell the truth until they bleed. Coming clean in the dirty world of blues and rock ‘n’ roll (2008).

When reading these types of books youtube is a blessing (in disguise). As you read you can listen in and find “new” favs along the way. Though I would like to have it as an audiobook with soundclips incorporated.

When doing so I also feel bound to read up on the artists in question – so the next couple of posts are 40s, 50s and 60s bound. The book starts with Jerry Lieber and composer Mike Stoller, american songwriters, known for ‘ Hound dog’  among lots and lots of other hits. Elvis recorded this in 1956 but it was orginally released by Big Mama Thornton in 1952. This is her singing it in 1965.

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton was born in 1926 and died in 1984) She’s also known for writing and recording ‘Ball ‘n’ Chain’.

Other interesting artist mentioned in the firstchapter is Little Esther (Esther Philips 1935-1984). Great Vocals!

Three tons of joy, Marie Adams and sisters Sadie and Francine McKinley.

I’ve just read the first chapter so there’s more bound to come.

Magnus Reuterdahl

A blast from the past

Yesterday a replica of an medieval cog anchored just outside Kalmar County Museum. The cog is a replica from a cog built ca 1390 AD or a little later. Its built by Fotevikens Museum and the city of Malmoe.

A cog or cog-built vessel is a type of ship, the earlist one known is from 10th century. It was widely used from around the 12th century on and are mostly associated with medieval Europe, especially the Hanseatic League, particularly in the Baltic Sea region.

Cogs, such as this, were generally built of oak. The ship was fitted with a single mast and a square-rigged single sail.

This one is large and based on a wreck found outside Scania, they are currently on their way to Gotland. Read more about the cog at Fotevikens webpage.

Magnus Reuterdahl

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