In November I’ll head for Turkey and the upcoming European wine bloggers conference (EWBC). Besides archaeology wine is my other other mistress – and sometimes the two twine together so it shall be in November.
The theme for the EWBC 2012, that will be held in Izmir, is source. Now source can be interpret in different ways but of those are source as in the source of wine and winemaking. If today’s Turkey is the original source of domestic vine cultivation and possibly winemaking is of less importance than the fact that it’s one of the first places where wine making was done. For this purpose I’m really looking forward to hearing one of this years speakers Dr. Patrick E. McGovern, the Scientific Director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia. The laboratory discovered the earliest chemically attested alcoholic beverage in the world (ca. 7000 B.C. from China), the earliest grape wine (ca. 5400 B.C.) and barley beer (ca. 3500 B.C.) from the Middle East etc etc.
But it won’t stop there during the conference I’ll also visit the ancient city of Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary and the Ephesus Archaeological Museum. In Ephesus several excavations from the late has Roman period been made over the last decades.
But I’m not pleased with only visiting one country with traces of very early wine making – after Turkey I’ll continue on to Georgia. We’re will be able to taste the food, see the country and drink Qvevri wine. Qvevri wine or Amphora wine making is a tradition that has been preserved over thousands of years producing wines of unique character and style sometimes called orange wines. So besides the archaeology of wine and winemaking along side the great sites I’ll also get the chance that in some small way taste the taste of Wines Past.
Don’t you wish you were an archeological-wine-nerd like me?
And of course we’ll taste a lot of modern wines from Turkey as well as Georgia as well… but more about that on another blog 🙂 and later on!
I’ve started yet another blog, Testimony of a wine junkie – I guess you can figure out what it’s about; my other big interest in life: Wine! I’ve also got a wine blog in Swedish Aqua Vitae if you prefer my native tongue. Next year I’ll participate in EWBC – the European Wine Bloggers Conference or as it also called Digital Wine Communication Conference in Izmir, Turkey with the theme Source as in what ‘s the source of wine, at least that’s how I’ve interpreted it. So my plan is to dig into the story of wine, from different angles, I’ll publish them on my wine blogs in Swedish and in English but as archaeology, cultural history and history is vital parts in these posts I’ll link to them from here as well. If you’ve got input or tips on litterature or links please don’t hesitate – leave a comment here or on the linked blogs 🙂
In English: Pro uso non pro ubuso (to use not to misuse)
In Swedish: Pro uso non pro ubuso (För bruk inte för missbruk)
Been on a trip to Italy – that should be good for posts on archaeology and cultural history. Well, I’ve got some culture though the main purpose of the trip was another type of culture; wine. For the second time I’ve been at the European wine bloggers conference, this time around in Franciacorta. I’ll get back to you on that in the coming days, I’ve had time for some ruins but I also held a short speech on how to combine interests, in this case wine and archaeology.
If you know your Tolkien you know the title I’ve paraphrased, when I got home I had several books waiting for me;
Påvel Nicklasson has written the bible on the beginning on Swedish archaeology in the book Att aldrig vandra vill – Johan Haquin Wallman. Sveriges förste arkeolog. (To never hike will – Johan Haquin Wallman. Swedens first archaeologist.) As the title says its an biography on the first archaeologist in Sweden, Johan Haquin Wallman (1792-1853). Though its not only a book on a man but also on the history of archaeology as a science and its birth in Sweden. I really look forward of reading this and will get back to you about it and Johan Haquin Wallman.
Secondly the annual archaeological journal Utskrift number 11 & 12 had arrived – lots of interesting articles on the archaeology in Halland a region in the southwest part of Sweden – these were sent to me to review on the blogg – many thanks to Kulturmiljö Halland.
Thirdly this years early Christmas present from the society Runica et Mediævalia. As always a bundle of joy:
- Jan Rüdiger – Did Charlemagne know Carolingian kingship theory?
- Olle Ferm & Erika Kihlman (eds) – Swedish students at the University of Vienna in the Middle Ages
- Bero Magni de Ludosia – Sermones et Collationes. Sermons from the University of Vienna in the Mid-Fifteenth Century. (Edited and translated by Claes Gejrot & Erika Kihlman).
I also is working on Elin Fornanders dissertaion that is put forward at Stockholm University tomorrow.
Well, that’s whats on the bedstand the next coming days, weeks, months?
That was the last of the field season 2011, I’ve had a good season in Kalmar County and lately in Blekinge County. The Blekinge E22 excavations are really interesting and the results are fantastic – Mesolithic huts, settlements, work sites and amazing grave finds from the Neolithic, the Bronze Age and early Iron Age. It’ll be very interesting to see the reports in a few years as well possible exhibitions at Blekinge County museum in the future. There’s also a pretty hefty chance that the excavations aren’t really done and that there’s more to come next year.
I have a week off until I start my new job as an antiquarian (archaeologist) officer of the county administration in Härnösand, Västernorrland County. It’ll be interesting to get to know a new town and new colleagues but before that I’ll do another tour of southern Sweden – I’ll check in at the excavations of Jönköping castle in Jönköping, make two short stops in Blekinge, a short stop in Kalmar and on Öland the coming week. Then it’s off to Härnösand for a few days followed by a week in Italy where I’ll join the European wine bloggers conference in Franciacorta, I blog on wine as well – though in Swedish at Aqua Vitae.
I’ll write some words om my Smalandic journey next week as well as on Italy the coming weeks.