Category Archives: Skåne

An archaeological report of sorts

At times it seems impossible to write a blog post, there are just no ideas – this is such a time! Though after a while my writers block ended;

As I looked for information on a dissertation I bought a while ago I stumbled upon the must have for every archaeology bibliophile (if interested in Swedish archaeology I might add); the book of books; the original, the first Swedish work on archaeology; De orbibus tribus aureis nuper in Scania erutis è terra disquisitio antiquaria from 1675 written by Johannes Schefferus. The text concerns a find of three gold bracteates, these were found by a farmer while ploughing a field in Vä in Scania. The interpretation is somewhat careful but Schefferus do conclude that they are from a pre-Christian era. It also includes wood block pictures of the bracteates drawn by Schefferus, I’m sorry to say that I don’t have any reprint of these. Instead an example of his work – Mora stenar (the stones at Mora).

wood block by Johannes Schefferus
wood block by Johannes Schefferus

Johannes Schefferus was born in Strasbourg 1621 and died in 1679. He was made professor at Uppsala University in 1649, a chair he held until his death in 1679.

His works includes Lapponia (The story of the Sami people) (1673) which was not translated into Swedish until 1956, the posthumous publication Suecia literata (The Learned Sweden) that is a Swedish history of science bibliography, Upsalia antiqua 1666 the Swedish-Latin edition of the saga af Konunga- och hof dingastyrelsenKonunga ok höfdinga styrilses institutio regia” 1669, Memorabilium Svethicm gentis exempla 1671 (The Swedish peoples glorious past) and lots more.

lapponia

Besides his interest in archaeology and history he introduced the classic philology as a science in Sweden, editing and publishing several commented texts such as those of Arrianus, Mauritius and Petronius.

I think you understand why I like this guy and would like to own a copy or two, now these are not impossible to find but they cost a small fortune. At present I only have later editions.

Well, I managed to scribble a few words, it is at times like this I really miss my own library. There is always something to dig into and comment, right now I work far away from home so the internet will have to work as a substitute.

Magnus Reuterdahl


An oddity in FMIS

Is an UFO landing site an ancient remain or monument ? – Yes, according to the National Heritage Board (NHB).

As I read through some old posts at arkeologiforum.se (A Swedish forum on Archaeology) I ran into a post I previously missed. David, a fellow forumer, delivers an unlikely register post in FMIS, the NHB’s database over ancient monuments and remains, that describs a landing site for an UFO;

Strövelstorp 47:1, Skåne (Scania) near Ängelholm.

The information text goes as follows:

A monument, consisting of an inclosed, level surface, 22 meters in diameter. In the center of the area is a model of a space craft (a flying saucer) made out of concrete and bronze. The model is made in the scale 1:8 according to information received. In the area are cast concrete placed in the markings left by the space craft while landing and starting may 18th 1946. The informant claims to be an eyewitness of the event. 

Check out the photos here and here.

When one studies large databases one will always find odd files or postings such as this. Though I think they are fun I am not sure that they really have a place in register such as FMIS, but it is sure one for the conspiracy theorists out there; the government hides UFO-information among filings of ancient monuments and remains.

Magnus Reuterdahl


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