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Time to close shop!

As much as I loved bloging, and this blog has a special place in my heart, I just don’t have the time anymore. I write in several other places around the web, mainly about wine but still work as an archaeologist. You can find me om twitter, instagram or facebook. I might come back one day, but for now Testimony of the spade is closed. All posts are open though, but don’t expect answers to comments etc.


All the best – archaeology is still taxes well spent!



Don’t give up your day job?

Well, I wont! I’ve just hit the archaeological jackpot!

I don’t mean I found a lost civilization, the holy graal or something on that magnitude but I’ve gotten a permanent employment (tillsvidareanställning), i.e. hired for a position without a pre-determined time limit as an archaeologist at the the administrative county board of Östergötland.

Though on occasion these employments might be seem as far away as finding the holy graal though.

It’s not the first time I had an employment of this kind, I had one at Arkeologicentrum AB a few years back, but it feels good to not having that end date hanging over my neck.

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Day of archaeology 2013

It’s that time of the year again – DAY OF ARCHAEOLOGY 2013 – and I’ve written a small piece; your welcome to read that or any other of the several hundreds, hopefully thousands, of posts beeing published on archaeology today.

Check out my post here.

Check out Day of archaeology 2013 here.

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On Tuesday I make my Almedalen debut

Every year politicians Week held in Almedalen on Gotland. This year I will be participating in a debate on volunteers in museums. Read more about it here (in English) or on Riksutställningar website (in Swedish).


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A museum in need

I just got word that the museum in Elblag Poland has been flooded when water pipes bursted. Lots of thier litterture had been destroyed or lost and it seems that they are in need to replace this. If I understand correctly it foremost concerns litterature on the Viking age and especially regarding the early medieval Vikings’ emporium near Elblag in Poland called Truso. If you have scans of articles, reports etc they would need this – if you want or can help contact @Pogezana via Twitter.

Link in polish – though lots of pictures on the flooding.

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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 🙂


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Day of archaeology is closing in – T minus 1 day

The deed is done – I’ve uploaded a post to Day of Archaeology 2011. Tomorrow the web gates should open and lots of interesting post be put out into the world wide web.

Take a few minutes of your day tomorrow and devote it to some or all of the numerous bloggers and archaeologists that has put their time and effort to tell about our line of work – archaeologists everywhere lets read up what’s happening out there!

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Day of Archaeology 2011

Have you ever wondered what archaeologists really get up to? Is it all just digging or is there a lot more to it? If so check out the web-event Day of Archaeology 2011 on 29th July. Among others I’ll contribute 🙂

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Happy midsummer

Tonight we Swede’s celebrate Midsummer’s eve with good food, good wine, lots of beer and aqua vitae/schnaps and some dancing around the midsummer pole.

If you by chance don’t like to dance check out Four stone hearth number 120 at Sorting out Science they’ve been nice enough to include two post from Testimony of the spade – many thanks – and there will be more posts on Öland the ancient monuments, not just rune stones.

Have a happy midsummer!

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A week in Västervik

I’m in Vastervik ca 150 km N of Kalmar. We’re doing an archaeological survey combined with search trenches. A beautiful hillside facing the waterfront – the the hillside is just cramped with stones. I had somewhat forgotten the amount of stone that can be found in Smalandic hills. Hopefully we’ll find something other than untouched moraine 🙂


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