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Arkeologisk/osteologisk jobbannons. An add for a job within archaeology or osteology

This post will follow in English:

Jag brukar inte skriva på svenska här på bloggen men då jag kommer att vara till arbetsmarknadens förfogande inom kort är det lika bra att utnyttja alla vägar. Förutom att skicka ut en bred intresseanmälan om jobb, dels via bloggen dels via mail kommer jag också sätta mig ned och arbeta på en ny ansökan till forskarutbildningen inom arkeologi.

Från och med den 27 oktober står jag till arbetsmarknadens förfogande, helst till förfogande för en arkeologisk inriktad institution såsom en länsstyrelse, ett museum, en myndighet (RAÄ UV) en stiftelse eller ett privat företag.

För er som inte känner mig personligen eller som bara råkat hamna här på bloggen, är jag 36 år, boende i Stockholm och varmt brinnande för frågor kring arkeologi, osteologi och kulturarv. Om ni tittar på mitt CV kommer ni att se att jag är mycket flexibel vad gäller resande men också bred i min erfarenhet av olika typer av arkeologiska jobb. Ett par av mina styrkor tror jag ligger i en bred kunskap och förståelse av kulturhistoriska landskap, såväl när det gäller tidsmässiga som geografiska skillnader, samt att jag har erfarenhet av många olika GIS program såsom ArcView, ArcGIS, ArcPad. StormGIS, QuantumGIS, Intrasis m fl och är relativt duktig på dem.

Under de senaste 18 månaderna har jag arbetat för Arkeologicentrum AB i Östersund med jobb över i princip hela landet – från Västernorrlands län till södra Småland. Jag har arbetat med frivilliga utredningar, § 11 utredningar steg 1 och 2, arkeologiska förundersökningar och särskilda arkeologiska undersökningar. Vidare har jag skrivit ett drygt 20-tal rapporter och PM (se CV) samt arbetat med offerter och anbud. Under denna period har jag också gått Riksantikvarieämbetets (RAÄ) utbildning Landskapshistorisk utbildning, steg 1 för att bli platsledare inom fornminnesinventering.

Innan min anställning vid Arkeologicentrum har jag arbetat som antikvarie på länsstyrelserna i Norrbottens (2008-2009) och Kronobergs län (2005-2008) och som arkeolog och/eller osteolog vid Norrbottens museum (2007 och 2008), Östergötlands museum (2008), Osteologiska forskningslaboratoriet (2005) och Arkeologiska forskningslaboratoriet (2005) vid Stockholms Universitet m.fl. Jag är också ordförande i Osteologiska föreningen (2009-).

Tillsammans med Johan Klange har jag startat och arbetat med ett forskningsprojekt: Yangshaoprojektet. Projektet syftar till att bygga och sprida kunskap om den så kallade Yangshaokulturen, eller traditionerna. Projektet har till dags dato lett till två forskningsresor, två rapporter och två artiklar.

Jag har läst arkeologi och ostearkeologi till masternivå, fornnordiska till kandidatsnivå, kulturmiljövård mm vid Stockholms Universitet mellan åren 2000-2005.

För närmare information besök mitt CV här!

Har du ett jobb för mig går det bra att kontakta mig via inventerare[radera_detta][at]hotmail[punkt]com.

Vi ses och hörs!

Magnus Reuterdahl

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I do not usually write in Swedish here on the blog, but as I will be available for new work shortly, it is best to use all tools available. In addition to sending out a broad interest on the job through this blog, I will sit down and work on a new PhD application for archaeology and of course apply to available jobs.

This is a job application that also is valid internationally. As of October 27, I am available for work or research projects, preferably at  archaeological or osteological oriented institution such as a museum, a department at a University, a foundation or a private company.

For those of you who do not know me personally or who just happened to end up here on the blog, I am 36 years old, living in Stockholm, Sweden. I have a deep interest  for issues related to archaeology, osteology and cultural heritage. I am very flexible in terms of  travelling and have wide experience of different types of archaeological jobs. My strengths, I believe lies in a broad knowledge, experinece, understanding and knowledge of different kind the ancient remains (especially concerning Scandinavia and to some extent China) regarding time depth as well as geographical difference (Scandinavia in particular). I have worked with many different GIS software such as ArcView, ArcGIS, ArcPad. StormGIS, QuantumGIS, Intrasis etc. and am quite good at them.

Over the last 18 months I have worked for a private company; Arkeologicentrum AB in Östersund, virtually across all of  Sweden – from Västernorrland County to the south of Småland County. I have worked with non mandatory investigations (archaeological surveys), § 11 investigations – steps 1 and 2 (archaeological surveys and archaeological surveys including search excavations), archaeological preliminary investigations (archaeological excavation in order to delineate one or several specific ancient remains) and archaeological excavations. During this time I’ve written more than 20 reports and memos for Arkeologicentrum.  I have also taken the National Heritage Boards (RAA) course Landscape Historic training, step 1 – to become a site leader regarding archaeological surveys in Sweden.

Before this I worked as an archaeologist at the county administrative board of Norrbotten County (2008-2009) and Kronoberg County (2005-2008), at the county museum Norrbotten museum (2007 and 2008) and Östergötland museum (2008), at the Osteological research laboratory (OFL) (2005) and the Archaeological Research laboratory (AFL) (2005) at Stockholm University, etc. I am also chairman of the Swedish Osteological Association since 2009.

Together with fellow swedish archaeologist John Klange I started and have been working on a research project: the Yangshao project. The project aims at building new knowledge and to disseminate knowledge about the so-called Yangshao culture, or better named traditions. The project has so far led to two research trips to China, two reports and two articles.

I have studied archaeology and osteoarchaeolgy at Masters level, Scandinavian languages with a historic profile at candidate level, cultural heritage, etc. at Stockholm University between 2000-2005.

If your interested or wants more information, as a CV in English or references please contact me via inventerare[delete-this][at]hotmail[dot]com.

Magnus Reuterdahl


Heritage board’s course on Historic Landscapes day 3

It’s been a long day, and I’m rather tired so this just a quick update of the day.

We started off looking at the area around Sagaån (Saga river) where lots of time and effort has been put in over the years concerning a new route for the highway E18. One alternative was to put the route between two great mounds and the assumed place for the medieval king’s road Eriksgatan and the passage where the king left Västmanland and entered Uppland. The other alternative was to place the route in a landscape which shows a well-worked-industrial agricultural landscape. The issue has been resolved and the new route is being built but it was an interesting discussion on how to different values sometimes clashes.

From there we continued north towards Bergslagen and Norberg – on the way we stopped by the grave field at Anunds mound at Badelunda – an amazing site – well worth a visit. Anunds mound is the largest burial mound in Sweden measuring 60 m diameter and 14 meters in height. On the grave field are also several smaller mounds, ship settings and a line of stones, including a rune stone, a monument called a bridge. The grave field is dated to the Iron Age and the rune stone bridge monument to the late Iron Age or the middle Ages.

After this we stopped at the UNESCO world heritage site Engelsberg Ironworks – a part of Bergslagen (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/556) Engelsberg is one of the best preserved ironworks from the 17th and 18th centuries. The complex is more or less complete, with a manor, with smithies, and blast-furnace among other things.

Though I don’t have a photo – the worlds oldest, still standing, oil refinerie is also in Engelsberg , built during the early 1800s.

From here to Norsberg and a visit to Nya (New) Lapphyttan – Nya Lappnyttan is a reconstructed medieval village, Blast furnace and Iron production open-air museum based on an archaeological excavation of Lapphyttan, during the 80’s, of one the oldest blast furnace remains in Sweden and Europe. It’s been dated to the 12th century.

This is all for now

Magnus Reuterdahl


Heritage board’s course on Historic Landscapes day 1

Oxhagen in Rimbo

First day of the National Heritage board’s course on Historic Landscapes (Landskapshistorisk utbildning) we visited Oxhagen (the Ox pasture) in Rimbo, some miles north of Stockholm. I’ve been there a few years ago but had more or less forgotten about it, it situated in a rural landscape and we got some friends tagging a long for the ride.

Within the pastures are the remains of an late Bronze Age/early Iron Age landscape with clearing cairns, small fossilized fields, cairns of fire cracked stones, a grave field with stone settings and so forth – these remains is in part “disturbed” by newer features, such as younger fossilized fields and clearing cairns, military buildings etc.

An interesting area with gave cause to lots and lots of discussions – where why and how are important words. What makes you determine if something is a prehistoric remain or not– if in doubt use the rule of three:

Location – where is it situated, form – does it have the right shape and material – is it built by the right material.

Magnus Reuterdahl


Death aesthetics

To decompose

Decompose, haste, o beloved bride,

make the bed in our lonely camp.

Deferred by the world, rejected by God,

you’re my only hope for salvation…

Erik Johan Stagnelius (1793-1823, Swedish poet and writer) (My translation)

A dead bird on a dirt road, ants eating away, caught my eye – most animals aren’t this still.

Alice Cooper Dead babies

On occasion you’ll find bones laying about, most often leftovers from hunters – and as I’m up here some bones of bear or lynx would be nice, but non such luck as yet, though bears are present. Bear feces and torn stumps indicating their presence – but they are shy animals and perhaps that’s just as well.

I’m not sure what animal left this track, though it got claws and a paw which is about 4-5 cm in diameter, and I’m pretty sure it’s not a dog.

Other animals that are common are different kinds of raptors such as hawks, falcons and a few eagles, they often revolves around forestry clearings and circles around you screaming and hissing – ones presence is not fully appreciated.

Though this is a poor a picture, this is one of them.

Even though you see and meet quite a lot of animals most are to quick away to be photographed, and as you move about you make your presence known. I’ve seen about 15-20 moose, several mice, voles, foxes, squirrels, frogs etc. but havn’t caught them with my camera.

Magnus Reuterdahl


This fall on Swedish TV

The SVT (a Swedish television channel) program Uppdrag Granskning (an investigate journalistic documentary show) will concentrate on culture this fall, in four TV specials. One of these specials seems interesting as it concerns human remains at museums.

According to an article in the Swedish newspaper GP (Gothenburg post) the first show is about “the over 1000 dead Scanians (people living in Scania, a province in southern Sweden) that are sorted into boxes at Lund Museum (I am curios if it concerns Lund University Historic museum or the museum Kulturen or perhaps another museum). Who are they and why are they kept there? How did the skeletons end up at the museum? The journalist (Gellert Tamas) will also look up some of the dead relatives.” (My translation)

I don’t know much about the journalist except that he is a journalist. According to Wikipedia (in Swedish) he has written about identity, ethnicity and refugee children among other things.  And questions concerning identity and ethnicity are connected to these issues, so why call them 1000 Scanians, most of them probably are from a time before there were a  Scania, some of them were probably Danish and some Swedish or from other places in Europe.  Questions as who were they and for what purpose they are being kept are relevant, and within in these questions are several interesting ones concerning archaeological sciences, osteology, science history and ethics. Why do we keep the dead on shelves? Should we exhibit them? Do we handle the in an ethical way? Who are to determine the ethics? The last question is intriguing, it concerns identification and implies that at least some of the skeletons at Lunds Museum are either of a more recent date and coming from prisoners, hospital collections etc or from graveyards with headstones. How would you react if you knew that your forefather was part of a museum collection? (I know I would be proud – but that’s me)

This  might very well be a good show, and I hope so, I will most certainly see it, though I fear that it will be less about science and ethics and more about shock value, though please prove me wrong.

Magnus Reuterdahl


Too tired to blog

Mondays, what one would not give for make them disappear? The survey in northern Jämtland continues, up hill, down hill, through wetlands and over clearings and always through woodland (which can be very nice but not when it mainly consists of densely planted pines and shrub – the forests of northern Jämtland just never seems to end.

Monday’s done – I’m going to sleep!

Magnus


En riktig arkeolog gräver?

Normaly I don’t post in Swedish but this post is written for DIK’s (the Swedish union for archaeologist, antiquarians, librarians etc.) summer blog. It concerns my situation as an archaeologist in Sweden and what I do for a living and some thoughts concerning that – most has been posted at one time or another here before.

Kvartsbrott i Medelmad

Detta inlägg finns också publicerat på DIK-medlemmarnas sommarblogg!

Mitt namn är Magnus Reuterdahl, jag är arkeolog och osteolog och arbetar på ett Sveriges privata arkeologföretag: Arkeologicentrum AB, i Östersund. Vi arbetar över i princip hela Sverige vilket ger en fantastisk möjlighet att se och uppleva stora delar av vårt vackra land men också att få möjligheten att se skillnader och likheter mellan de spår som våra förfäder avsatt och de spår vi avsätter idag.

2010 är lite speciellt för mig, det är första året sedan jag tog min examen 2004, som jag har möjlighet att ta ut en riktig sammanhängande sommarsemester. Som arkeolog är sommaren normalt sätt arbetstid – och anställningsformen normalt sätt projektanställning eller vikariat. Men sedan den 1:a januari är jag tillsvidareanställd och har därmed också möjlighet att likt vanliga människor ta ut semester. Från midsommar och två veckor därefter får jag med andra ord uppleva det som de flesta tar för givet – en sammanhängande ledighet, egentligen den första sedan 1999 då jag likt de flesta studenter inte hade råd att ta ledigt på sommaren under min studietid. Då jag är en fornnörd kommer dock en hel del av min semester tillbringas i sällskap med fornlämningar, vilka kommer fotas och kommenteras på min blogg Testimony of the spade.

En jordkällare i Västergötland

Så hur mycket gräver jag? Svaret är ibland! För det mesta jobbar jag med utredningar, frivilliga utredningar eller särskilda utredningar (beställda via en länsstyrelse), med vilket menas att man inventerar av mindre områden. Vi besöker kända lämningar: fasta fornlämningar (t ex gravar, gravfält, boplatser, fossila åkrar, järnframställningsplatser m m.) och övriga kulturhistoriska lämningar (torplämningar, fossila åkrar, tjärdalar, kolbottnar m m.) för att lägga till information och eventuellt justera utbredningen av dessa samt för att finna lämningar som inte tidigare registrerats i Riksantikvarieämbetets databas för FMIS/Fornsök inför exploatering av olika slag såsom husbyggen eller vindkraftverk. I FMIS kan du hitta vad som registrerat på din tomt eller mark,  en annan intressant sida är Lantmäteriets historiska kartor där du i bästa fall kan hitta kartor över din egendom från 1600-talet och framåt. Tidigare har jag arbetat på länsstyrelserna i Kronobergs och Norrbottens län, läns museerna i Östergötland och Nordbotten m fl.

Utsikt från Storumans utsiktsplats mot fjällen

Som arkeolog lever jag oftast, liksom min sambo (särbo) med en kontinuerligt packad kappsäck redo att ta mig an nästa grävning eller landsända, att sova på nästa vandrarhem eller inhyrd sommarstuga, att ta nästa tåg eller buss för att hitta ”nya” lämningar eller äventyr. Om du upplever denna text som en klagan har du missuppfattat det hela, att vara arkeolog är världens bästa yrke – när du har jobb – det finns ständigt något nytt att uppleva eller lära – men det är också slitigt – man träffar sin sambo i bästa fall en gång per vecka, man jobbar sannolikt mer än man bör och är ständigt på språng. Man blir lite som en legosoldat i kulturhistoriens tjänst.

I vanliga fall kan ni följa min vardag på bloggen Testimony of the spade (på engelska), mitt forskningsprojekt (tillsammans med Johan Klange) på Yangshaoprojektet, mitt sär intresse, ben, via Osteologiska föreningen och mitt fritidsintresse, vin, på Aqua Vita.

Glad sommar önskar!

Magnus Reuterdahl


DIK summer blog

DIK is the union for archaeologist, antiquarians, librarians etc. in Sweden – this year they have a summer blog for it’s members, including me. All members are welcome to post on what they do this summer; concerning work, studies or their free time. One of the best propsals I’ve heard from DIK in some time, and of course Testimony of the Spade will participate in a near future – and I hope most archaeologist will as well.

Check it out at http://sommarbloggen.posterous.com/ (I guess most posts will be written in Swedish)

To participate send an e-mail to sommarbloggen@dik.se.

Magnus Reuterdahl


a few flashes from last week

Last week I worked around Storuman and Vilhelmina in Västerbotten County, Lapland, Sweden.

We’ve been walking up and down a mountain in search of ancient and historic monuments and the view was stunning as well was the nature. This picture is taken from a viewpoint in Storuman.

Much of the trees in this particular area is about 80-90 years old and some look both strange and mystical, as you turn around it feels as the ents are ever present, and possibly Treebeard is awaiting, humming, studying somewhere in the great forests of the north.

What can be found in these northern parts? While passing Vilhelmina we made a quick stop at Vilhelmina Church village and Vilhelmina museum where some of the finds made at excavations in the area in the 70’s and 80’s are on display – a nice stop well worth a few hours. In the museum is also exhibitions on historic times.

The oldest finds is from the Stone Age such as axes, arrowheads mostly made out of different types of quartz and slate and axes, hacks and clubs of other types of stone etc. The oldest find in the vicinity is a cocking pit dated to ca 8000 BC.

From the Viking Age (ca 800-1050 BC), a term that perhaps is not quite right for these parts, a find of glass beads is on display. This particular find was found together with some bronzes and iron knifes as a likely burial eroded by the shoreline of Maksjön (Mak lake).

On this job I worked with my college David Loeffler, who were here and excavated during the 70’s and 80’s. He showed me a Stone Age settlement (Vilhelmina 577) near the area we worked in, that he excavated, and some nearby hunting pits. The settlement is dated to ca 3000 BC and can be seen as a round bank of fire cracked stone.

Surrounding the settlement and nearby are several hunting pits that are very easy to identify, due to thier size, you could amost call them monumental (Vilhelmina 573 and 577). Most are between 5-10 m in diameter, 0,5 m high and 1-1,5 m deep. In total there are more than 60 hunting pits covering a ca 2 km long area. The oldest of these hunting pits are dated to ca 5000 BC  and the youngest to ca 300 AD. Due to the size they probably were used to hunt elks and or reindeer. This hunting method was used at least until it was banned in 1864.

We also visited a bear grave (Vilhelmina 899) that was excavated at the same time by osteologist Elisabeth Iregren. Today nothing can be seen of the grave itself. The bear was buried under some bark and tree; some of the long bones was split open, and by the cranium two lead bullets was found. The lead bullits dates the burial to the 17th, 18th or early 19th century. The custom of burying bears dates back to at least 200AD and continued to the 19th century.

Unfortunately the area around the hunting pits (Vilhelmina 573) and the bear grave has been heavily damaged due to soil preparations for reforestation.   No pits was damaged in themselves but the machines had moved pretty close and there is no longer easy to see the context, though the pits are still well worth a visit as they are magnificent and very obvious even for an untrained eye. The path that I guess once was there is no more so use good shoes. Another good pedagogic thing is that all pits are marked by poles painted red.

This time around we did our work upon a mountain so we didn’t expect Stone Age settlements or hunting pits of this type but rather traces of later times such as cocking pits, tar pits, tar trenches, charcoal burning sites, historic house grounds, remains of summer pastures, farms or crofts, mining, old roads etc. On this particular mountain we didn’t find all that much.

That’ s all for now…

Magnus Reuterdahl


Trenches of Mellingeholm

About a month ago I worked on an archaeological preliminary investigation in Mellingeholm, just south of Norrtalje. Besides ancient monuments like graves, grave fields, settlements etc. There were also a lot of remains from the military, who used this area as practice field by the regiment Lv 3. Among the more memorable owns are these trenches (Frötuna 130 and 131) probably built in the 50’s.

The trenches are about 1,5-1,7 m in depth and ca 20-50 m in length.

Magnus Reuterdahl


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