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Tonight fun & drinks – tomorrow a seminar

Tonight it is Christmas party at Arkeologikonsult in Upplands Väsby. Jolly cheers, beers and some wine mixed with Italian wine are promised. There is still one week left at the excavation  at Rissne so a there are a few more snowy archaeology days left to look forward to.

This weekend I’ll attend an Archaeological seminar on recent Qin and Han Archaeological findings in Shaanxi province at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm.

In connection with the exhibition China’s Terracotta Army at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, a seminar will be held in order to provide an in depth picture of the exhibited archaeological findings. Three Chinese archaeologists from Shaanxi province discuss several archaeological sites excavated in recent years, including the tomb complex of the First Emperor of Qin, as well as Han Yangling, the tomb complex of Forth Emperor of Han.

The seminar will be held in Chinese, with English interpreter.

Organizer: Östasiatiska Museet (the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities).
Co-organizers: Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center, Oriental Ceramic Society of Sweden


  • 9:30 Gathering, Coffee & Tea
  • 10:00-10.30 Opening: Sanne Houby-Nielsen Ph.D. Director General, National museums of world culture. Eva Myrdal Ph.D. Deputy director, Museum of far Eastern Antiquities. Si Han Ph.D. Curator Museum of far Eastern Antiquities presents all speakers and the program
  • 10:30-11.45 Research and Archaeological Findings of Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Complex and Terracotta Army, By Dang Shixue, Associate Researcher fellow of Terracotta Army museum
  • 11.45-12.00 Discussion
  • 12.00- 13.00 Lunch
  • 13.00-14.15 Reproducing the Submerged Prosperous Empire — the archaeological discovery and preservation research of Han Yangling Mausoleum Complex, by Wang Baoping, Deputy Director of Xi’an Center for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage
  • 14.15-14.30 Discussion
  • 14.30-14.45 Coffee & Tea
  • 14.45-16.00 New Fruits of Qin and Han Archaeology,
  • by Yin Xiaqing, Deputy Director of Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Appraisal and Research Center
  • 16.00-16.15 Discussion

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Pictures of yesteryears

I’m spending a few days with my family in Jonkoping and found an album with postcards printed ca 1890-1910.

A spread of postcards sent from USA. Upper left; Niagara Falls – Cave of the winds – Frozen solid stamped in 1908. Lower left; Water works park, Rockford, Illinois – stamped Oct. 1907. Upper right; Residence of Mr. Potter palmer, Chicago – stamped July 1903. Lower right; Statue of Linné, Lincoln Park, Chicago – stamped Sept. 1903.

Through the post marks on the back on one of the cards one can get information regarding the postal services of the days. This postcard is postmarked in Chicago Sep 3rd 1903 and came to Jonkoping, Sweden, on September 14th 1903 and finally to its recipient in Huskvarna on the 15th. In all it took the letter 12 days to travel from Chicago to Huskvarna.

I don’t know the persons who wrote them or received them but there is something special with old postcards. Even if you recognize the spot on the card, the environment is different. Perhaps one or more houses are the same that exist today, others have disappeared or been built, the clothes people wear are outdated and the cars antique etc. others are just beautiful pictures and snap shots of time gone by.

I’ve picked out a few postcards that I’ll share with you.

Per Brahe gymnasiet (Per Brahe high school) or as it was called when the photo was taken Jonkopings allmänna läroverk (Jonkopings public school). I went to this school between 1989-1992 though at the time I studied there this building had become the town hall.

Katarinahissen (the Katarina elevator) at Slussen in Stockholm ca 1900.

Broadway and 33d street, showing ascent to 6th Ave. Elevated R.R. photo taken 1898.

Then I found a couple of “mystery” cards which made me want to know more so I googled them for information. This is what I found.

Qvist’s hut in Mullsjö, some miles WNW of Jonkoping, ca 1900.

Magnus Qvist (1836-1910) lived in this hut for some decades, there is only a few facts known of him. Before building his hut he travelled abroad and presumably worked as silk weaver in Lyon, France. During his years in the hut he made wooden shoes for a living and was something of a tourist attraction as he gladly entertained visitors with stories and music (flute) and made whistles for children. Today there are only a few traces of the hut, though they are not registred in FMIS (The Archaeological Sites and Monuments database) which it should be. Next time I visit Mullsjö I’ll try to locate the place and take a few photographs.

(map and more information – in Swedish)

A (grave) monument erected by the Chinese government 1900 over the Swedish martyrs in northern China.

This probably refers to the missionaries that died during the the Boxer Rebellion, a.k.a. the Boxer Uprising a.k.a. the Righteous Harmony Society Movement; 1898-1900. The uprising was a respons to the increased expansion of western influence in politics, economy and religion. During the uprising ca 230 missionaries were killed of which 41 were Swedish.

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The Yangshao project year 6

The Yangshao project is the baby of me and fellow archaeologist Johan Klange. We been at  it since 2003 and during the process managed to go to China for two field trips, in 2006 and 2007, more on that here. Last year we had hoped to return and participate in an excavation at a Yangshao site, sad to say it didn’t happen as the intended dig was postponed.

painted pottery motive

Now it’s a new year and we started up again, we hope to go to China either as participants in an excavation at a Yangshao site or on a field trip. I’ll get back to the matter as I (we) know more.

painted pottery Banpo

What I do know is that I am meeting with Mr Giuliano Arnaldi super superintendent/curator of Tribaleglobale, Italy, this weekend in Stockholm. It shall be interesting as I am not 100 % sure of what they expect from us, though I’ve understood that Tribaleglobale is a form of art laboratory that do exhibits that mixes art from different periods and places. In this case the project is called “Neolitico Futuro” and it aims at, if I have understood it correctly, to bring together painted pottery from the Chinese Yangshao culture and Egyptian Naqada culture and modern art. For this they are interested to create a platform or build a network of archaeologists, artists, linguists etc.

More about Tribaleglobale and “Neolitico Futuro” can be found here.

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To Neolithic China and back! The Yangshao project

Now availible on-line: To Neolithic China and back! The Yangshao project

This article was orginally printed in Benbiten number 1-2, 2007, the (Swedish) Osteological association’s periodical.

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Coming attraction: To Neolithic China and back! The Yangshao project.

Benbiten (Bone fragment) number 2, 2007, the (Swedish) Osteological association’s periodical, is fresh from the print. And with this issue my article “To Neolithic China and back! The Yangshao project” is published unabridgedly.  As I previously promised the article will be made available on-line via Testimony of the spade. For now a preview is available at the blog Yangshao projektet  (otherwise in mainly written in Swedish).

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