Tag Archives: Jönköping

After the games been played

As we’re in the middle of a fantastic European football championship and one can watch top match after match delivered as they were produced on a conveyor belt – it’s kind of hard imagine a time with less or no top football to watch – though we all know it’s lurking there just around the corner. With several months for the next Champions league, Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga or Italian Serie A and then again years for the next World or European championship.

In Sweden we can still enjoy football during the summer as Allsvenskan (Swedish first division) and Superettan (Swedish second division) etc. runs its course during this part of the year (though I wont claim it’s great football) and still here is my love in the football world – Jönköping Södra IF aka J-Södra, somewhere in the middle of the second division. And though it seems every season gives cause for a heart attack as they seems be stuck around relegation line to the lower divisions.

Stadsparksvallen in Jönköping

Stadsparksvallen in Jönköping, just before the season started 2012

It then you realize there are always those have it worse. This midsummer I spent in the small community Långban in Värmland. This village was mining community that had its hay day before 1972 when the mines closed down.

And there while taking a walk I saw what was left of a someones dream, someones favourite team, a graveyard of football memories – though I can’t much on the internet.

The team was called Långban IF, they started in 1924, they played in red and white, the “area” was called Mullvaden (the Mole) and the senior team, was cancelled in 1968 though if I understand it right they made a swift comback in the early 80’s. Långban IF has a webpage though (in Swedish).

It’s when I see this, I’m a glad that my favourite team still is in the loop, I can see my team not just the remains of what once was a team. Still this is ancient remain, a part of our Cultural Heritage, a reminder of what once was, someone’s dreams and aspirations, joy and sorrow, a monument of past glory’s and defeats.

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Field season 2011 is out & done

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.

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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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Et tu Sator

Tonight I’m hitting old hunting grounds. When I grow up in Jonkoping and getting of age to spend my nights on pubs and clubs several nights were spent on the locally infamous pub Lilla Krogen (the little bar). As I recall it this was the place were people that were to drunk to get into other establishments or to young ended up. Local rock band Crut released a song called Balladen om Puben Lyckan (the ballad of the Pub Hapiness) that was about the bar (the song is avilable here as well as the song Jönköping, both in Swedish) 1979. On occasion it as had it’s peaks were its actually been popular but I really can’t say it was back then. Today it has been renamned to Ztyle and has transformed into a rockclub. Tonight I’ll be there to see Sator, a swedish punk/hardrock act who hit fame during the late 80’s and early 90’s playing a punkish rock that I really liked at the time, and still do. For me its the period between 1988 with the album Slammer! to the 1995 album Stereo via the albums Stock Rocker Nuts (1990), Headquake (1992) and Barbie-Q-Killers vol. 1 (1994) that is the peak period. All worth a listen.

Tonight they’re in Jönköping with a new album playing live at Ztyle – lets head bang 🙂

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New job, new town, new challenges

Unemployment – bye, bye! Kalmar – Hallo!

I’m south east bound – to Kalmar in Kalmar County on the Swedish south east coast where I will work at Kalmar läns museum (Kalmar County museum) from the end of April ’til September or longer. Kalmar county is part of Småland where I worked a lot in the past, foremost in Kronoberg County but also on a few jobs in Jönköping County where I was born and raised and some years back on Öland in Kalmar County. In 2004 I was part of an excavation team at Ottenby Kungsgård where we excavated an pitted ware culture site (ca 3300-2400 BC), see more on this here.

I’m looking forward to an interesting season :). If you’re in the neighbourhood don’t be a stranger! Currently I’m looking for housing so if you got any tips send me a mail (inventerare()hotmail()com) or write a comment!

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30 Day Song Challenge

Will be updated daily!

I found this on facebook and thought it rather fun, check it out here. I’ll join but I’ll do it here on the blog-.please feel free to follow -. post a link in the comment field and hopefully boyth yopu and I will foind some new, ol or forgotten classics. Btw click on like at the facebookgroup as well.

  • day 01 – your favorite song – not easy and clearly depending on the day – but today it’s:

  • day 02 – your least favorite song – how someone who has made decent aor / hard rock could degenerate into this is beyond me (do you not belive me check this up )!

  • day 03 – a song that makes you happy – though it breaks my heart Ronnie James Dio is no longer among us his voice always puts me in a good mood.

  • day 04 – a song that makes you sad – don’t know if any music really makes me sad – but the ambiance of this reminds me of sadness or perhaps loneliness

  • day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – mayhap not someone in particular but those first slow-dances from school discos in middle school

  • day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere – Do you remeber where you were 1994 April 5th – I do! A sad day

  • day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event  – This song reminds me of the Jönköping fair where I worked for several consecutive years at Jönköpings skiv- och bokantikvariat (a second hand record an book store) – among the music played was lots of blues – and who’s the king if not Freddie…

  • day 08 – a song that you know all the words to – now here’s a cathogory with way to many songs so I’ll choose a classic

  • day 09 – a song that you can dance to –  If you call this dancing then I can dance 🙂 the Doom dance or doom stomp!!! I giveth to you Candlemass

  • day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep – this is a song I like to fall asleep to, from an album I like to fall asleep to

  • day 11 – a song from your favorite band –  favourite band is a really hard one, there are so many to choose from, I feel ambivalent, I’m having second thoughts, its… its… its… well, perhaps not the best but sure enough a favourite band:

  • day 12 – a song from a band you hate  – This is most difficult, I can’t say that I really hate a band – though I strongly dislikes some and this is perhaps the first that came in mind

why? If you don’t remeber or is to young

  • day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure – I’m not the biggest fan of country music – but what the heck when its good its darn good

  • day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love – I think this is impossible ’cause as I like music from most genres most people would probably not be chocked no matter what -though this might unexpected for at least some

  • day 15 – a song that describes you –  This is a song that describes my situation in many ways, I travel a lot, I travel where the jobs are and I always wants to tell a story…

…though my purpose is archaeology and cultural heritage!

  • day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate – Both love and hate is perhaps strong words concerning this, growing up during the 80’s my boy room walls had two kinds of posters; heavy metal bands and semi naked girls e.g. Samantha Fox, Sabrina etc. I don’t think I ever loved this song but at the time it was on the table – hate is a strong word – I can’t say this is good but awakes memories of time past by… and it’s very much a product of the that time.

  • day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio – a great tune from the other side

  • day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio – an oldie but goldie if one of those can stem from the 90s

  • day 19 – a song from your favorite album – I feel very fragmented – so this classic is my choice

  • day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry – this is a great song to get aggressions out – as well as great all along and a great album – listen to it 🙂

though this was a tough contender

  • day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy – great song, great city

  • day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad – Evil Elvis always seems to cheer me up…

  • day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding – cheesy – oh yes but the again what is love
  • day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral – I really couldn’t decide between these two songs – Though in the end I hope that there is someone else who chooses songs that reminds them of me!

  • day 25 – a song that makes you laugh
  • day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument
  • day 27 – a song that you wish you could play
  • day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty
  • day 29 – a song from your childhood
  • day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year

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Ice storm of 1929

In the Swedish internet newspaper Jnytt.se (J is for Jonkoping the city where I was born some 36 years ago) is an article on the Ice storm of 1929. On January 15 after several days of a cold northern wind, Jonkoping is situated on the south shores of Lake Vettern. Lake Vettern is ca 150 km long and when the cold winter wind comes from the north over the lake it becomes really cold. At the night towards the 15th the wind was pushing to a storm from the north over the cold waters, about to freeze, at -10 degrees Celsius (ca 14 degrees Fahrenheit), creating an extreme cold where 16 trains were frozen to the railway tracks and fantastic ice formations were created, the article contains three great pictures. In the first a sign spells Jönköping city to the right and to the left a formation called the statue of liberty (though I believe it looks more like a Nazgûl in Peter Jacksons Lord of the rings), in the second some sees a dog and on the third are telephone wires that has fallen down due to the storm.

The storm itself lasted until January the 17th and on the 21st the railway traffic was running in a normal order. As it’s not quite sure who owns the right to pictures you’ll have to click this link to see them.

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Jonkoping County Museum City exhibit 2010

The new city exhibit is quite small but contains a lot of information. It is placed part from the museum in the new city archive wing, the entrance is through the city library.

In short the exhibit can be divided into 7 parts – the road into the city a – almost like a bridge that is illustrated by a reconstruction of the old city road flanked by a large photo of road workers of the first part of the 20th century. This part is made in the passage from the library to the exhibit which is made of glass; this creates a feeling of coming from an open landscape into the murkiness of the city.

A medieval bone flute with a runic inscription “GUD” (God). To the left a part of the reconstructed main road.

Inside of the city a large city map from 1874 meets the eye and in front of that what looks like a well.

The exhibit is created around a round square where four displays and the map gives focus to different parts of a city, city life and the history of the city. The well is not quite a well but a hole to an archaeological context – a window to what was found underground at this place.

While at the map one can stop and think of how the city has evolved since 1874 and what is left of 19th century Jonkoping – in information pamphlets a lot of information on the city’s history is available from the oldest sources, 13th century and fourth, and why different changes have come about – where was the first castle placed? It is mentioned in three documents from 1278; SRS III “obcessum est csatrum Junacopie”, SRS II “castrum Jonacopense” and SRAp “datum in castro Junakøpung” in castro Jonkoping. There are also other sources but none points out the exact place of the now lost castle. Intereseting in is old documents are also to look on the spelling of the city. The name Jonkoping is derived from two parts Jon- probably June as in a small stream called Junebäcken, today almost non-visible if you don’t know where it once run its course (If I remember correctly it is tunnelled today). My thought is that this is of such importance when concerning Jonkoping’s history that if possible it should be opened again. The second word is –koping and roughly means place of commerce.

In the first display the bourgeois of the 19th and early 20th century is displayed; what was produced in the city, who did people live etc. The next display concerns mass-culture such as sport and pop music. Several bands and artists are displayed via eps (singles), posters and articles. In one of the photos from a concert – the young police man in the middle is possibly my father (red circle) ca 1967-1969 (I got another picture where he is and I’m not quite sure as the police man in this picture looks down and is not quite visible).

In the third and fourth displays Jonkoping is seen through the eyes of archaeologists; graves, finds from different industries and reconstructions of the later Jonkoping castle, built in the mid 16th century around the medieval Franciscan convent (1283-to ca 1540). The castle was destroyed in a fire 1737 and was finally demolished during the 1860’s and 70’s – today one can get glimpses of the castle when and if excavations are carried out.

Now this was it – a nice little exhibition filled with a lot of information for residences as well as tourists, well worth a detour!

Best wishes

Magnus Reuterdahl

Happy Easter ya’ll

For Easter I’m going to Jonkoping to visit my parents, while I’m there I’ll visit the new exhibit at Jonkoping county museum on Jonkoping’s history.

I’m somewhat excited; Jonkoping County Museum (JLM) has done several interesting excavations on remains dating to the 17th and 18th century and will be interesting to see what those excavations have brought to the exhibit. “Downtown” Jonkoping was moved during the 17th century east of the mediaeval centre due to political factors. Jonkoping was probably established as a town during the 12th or 13th century, the oldest papers that name Jonkoping a city is dated to 1284 AD, and will probably be on display as well. Not much of the medieval Jonkoping has survived until today, at least not above ground. During later years a few excavations in the medieval part of the town has been made so there might also be some “new” finds from them. There has been two castles in Jonkoping, the first is mentioned in texts from the 13th and 14th century and the later was build ca 1600 AD. No visible remains of the castle are left, though JLM has opened a few trenches and found parts of walls etc. If I’ve understood it right part of the exhibit concerns the castle.

Once upon a time several Bronze Age cairns was about, most famous is perhaps the  Sagaholm mound, as far as I know all are gone – most since the turn of the 20th century – some were excavated, as the Sagaholm mound and revealed interesting finds; among them several curbstones with carved images, no unlike the Kivik cairn.

In addition to this, I have a bag of books / reports that await me and my local book dealer also has a box or two with interesting new acquisitions. It’s a risk of my being broke before leaving Jonkoping this weekend.

The week after Easter I’ll go to Halland County and an archaeological investigation for a wind farm and then it’s off to Kronoberg County, where two preliminary archaeological investigations are to be performed. The field season is finally ongoing – spring is really here!

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Still on vacation

Here in Jonkoping, it is really cold, about 10-15 degrees (Celsius), and there is also a lot of snow. Just since yesterday it has fallen about 2 dm, so this morning I had to shovel snow to get to the car.

Today it will be to sit by the fireplace and enjoy the warmth and a good book.

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