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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.

Magnus Reuterdahl

Day of Archaeology in Kalmar, Sweden. Arkeologidagen 2011 i Kalmar

Texten följer på svenska.

A few weeks ago I joined up with the web project Day of Archaeology 2011, check up the ca 400 blog posts on archaeology here. In Sweden we’ve have an annual Day of Archaeology irl where museums and institutions make different arrangements.

Kalmar County Museum is giving a mini seminar– if you know Swedish and is in the neighborhood you can come listen to me as I tell about the graves of Övra Vannborga. Two graves found under the remains of a late Iron Age settlement, one dated to early Iron Age, preroman time, and the other to the Mesolithic times. The dig is old, 1989-1991, but the graves are older 🙂 – I’ll talk about the excavation, the finds, the graves and on what information the bones has to give.

My colleague Ulrika Söderström will give a talk about an excavation made earlier this summer of an old glassworks in Målerås.

At Kalmar County Museum, 13.00-15.00, august 28th

Arkeologidagen 2011 Kalmar

På söndag den 28 augusti är du välkommen till Kalmar läns museum. Här kan du få höra undertecknad prata om Ölands äldsta kvinna och andra fynd från Övra Vannborga. En mindre del av boplatsen Övra Vannborga undersöktes 1989-1991. Boplatslämningarna är daterade till perioden 600-800 e Kr. Boplatslämningarna överlagrade dock två äldre gravar, den ena från förromersk järnålder och den andra från mesolitikum, daterad till ca 7000 f Kr cal C14. Jag kommer prata lite om platsen som sådan och om gravarna per se och vilken information benen kan ge.

Min kollega Ulrika Söderström kommer att hålla ett föredrag om de arkeologiska undersökningarna vid Målerås glasbruk som utfördes tidigare i somras.

Mer information finns på Kalmar läns museums hemsida (Såg just att informationen inte kommit upp än – men den kommer upp inom kort)

28 augusti, klockan 1300-1500, plats Kalmar läns museum

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A blast from the past

Yesterday a replica of an medieval cog anchored just outside Kalmar County Museum. The cog is a replica from a cog built ca 1390 AD or a little later. Its built by Fotevikens Museum and the city of Malmoe.

A cog or cog-built vessel is a type of ship, the earlist one known is from 10th century. It was widely used from around the 12th century on and are mostly associated with medieval Europe, especially the Hanseatic League, particularly in the Baltic Sea region.

Cogs, such as this, were generally built of oak. The ship was fitted with a single mast and a square-rigged single sail.

This one is large and based on a wreck found outside Scania, they are currently on their way to Gotland. Read more about the cog at Fotevikens webpage.

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Published a new post at the Kalmar County blog today

What is this bronze tool? is a question I ask on the Kalmar County Museum blog (see the second picture – the post is in Swedish). The last few weeks I’ve recataloging finds from a 2003 excavation at Hossmo church. One of the artifacts puzzled me a bit, I recognized it but could really find it in my memory. After a while I found a similar find from the ancient fortress Eketorp on Öland, where it is described as a possible tool to make threads probably from the middle ages.

If you either have an English name for it or different interpretation please write a comment 🙂

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A week at the museum

What do an archaeologist do when he isn’t excavating? We do quite a lot of things – some obvious some less so. We write reports on the field works, we analyze the finds we’ve made, we attend meetings, we write survey and excavation plans, we attend meetings etc.

This week I’ve mainly been indoors preparing for a work next week’s work just outside Västervik. There’s a lot that needs to be seen to before you begin digging into the cultural layers. In this case I hadn’t done the excavation plan myself – so first there was some reading up, to get to know the area, what’s, what preps had been done etc. e.g. what I need to do. The work is the first step in the Swedish archaeological process an archaeological investigation; this means a survey of the area and on occasion we also dig search shafts in order to find remnants hidden underground – as will do in this particular job.

First things first – living arrangements; I got a hold of livening quarters just by the site – two minutes to my work area, lunch at home etc… luxury 🙂

Next order of business getting hold of a rover (a RTK Instrument) – a kind of multi-GPS, a backhoe and make sure that all tools are in place such as shovels, hoes, helmets, pads, tracing paper, etc.

Finally there are the question of other things that might be hidden underground – cables, wires, tubes etc. All to make sure all you guys still have an internet connection, electricity and water.

Well now all is done, I hope, so next week is field week 🙂

Magnus Reuterdahl

From Kalmar with love

Then this year filed season has started. A few days in Västervik – a few search trenches and a couple of excavated cultivation cairns – not much but a nice start in the sunshine. Now a short period indoors; writing a report on the mentioned field work, making preps for the next fieldwork, writing a few offers on couple of other jobs and so fourth. Lot’s of things to do, and lots of new stuff to learn as I’m new at Kalmar County Museum; all institutions have their way and praxis’s – but the best way to learn is to bite the bullet and on head right on.

A foal playing around his or her mother just south of our work site.

As new things starts up old things catches up – one of the things I worked on last year was a report for Arkeologicentrum on the excavation of a pitted ware site (en gropkeramisk boplats ca 3200-2300 BC) some miles north of Gothenburg in Göta Älvdal called Skepplanda 32:1. The titel is Forntiden på Kattleberg belyst genom arkeologisk undersökning av två förhistoriska boplatser, Skepplanda 32 och 230, Västergötland, Ale kommun, Västra Götalands län and it is written by Lisbeth Bengtsson, Britta Wennstedt Edvinger and myself. Now it’s available in Swedish as a pdf.

That’s all for now

Magnus Reuterdahl

Nordic TAG XI 2011

During Nordic TAG XI in Kalmar April 26th to April 29th I’ll be part of a panel discussion on social media – the problems, potentials, challenges & opportunities during the session Research and Outreach in the Digital Age – organized by Åsa M Larsson, Societas Archaeologica Upsaliensis, Sweden & Lars Lundkvist, Swedish National Heritage Board, Visby.

The speakers during the session is

  • The Iron Age Shock Doctrine – a GIS analysis of property rights in the landscape – Daniel Löwenborg, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University.
  • Reconstruction of ancient landscapes – posibilities for research – Kari Uotila, Department of Archaeology, University of Turku.
  • The Uppåkra Project: Digital Pipelines for the Documentation and Analysis of Archaeological Excavations in Three dimensions – Nicolò Dell’Unto, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University.
  • Hvordan kan et stort, nationalt museum anvende sociale medier? – Charlotte S H Jensen, National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen.
  • Digital Time Travels: A Collaboration Experience between Universities and Museums/Visitors Centres – Bodil Petersson, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University
  • Dealing with the public and academic views of the Maya – Johan Normark, Department of Historical Studies, Göteborg University

I look forward to the session, the speakers and the panel discussion 🙂

Magnus Reuterdahl


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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4th annual archaeology seminar in Blankaholm

Michael Dahlin

This weekand we visited Blankaholm on the Swedish east coast for the Blankaholm seminars arranged by archaeologist and local resident Michael Dahlin, who is also the man behind the Swedish archaeology blog Misterhultaren.

All seminars are connected via the prehistory or history of the Swedish east coast, the themes are varied as well as the periods. All in all it was a very nice session with many nice meetings, new and old, and lots of information.

The previous three seminars are available in the books Forntiden längs ostkusten 1 (2010) and 2 (2011) (Ancient times along the east shores) both edited by Kenneth Alexandersson et al.

I will not go into detail on the seminars but only give a short recap of them to present what can be expected of the coming Forntiden längs ostkusten 3 and the 2012 seminars.

Day 1

The meeting started with a quick presentation of the seminars and Blankaholm by Michael Dahlin

Pierre Petersson

followed by a seminar by the same on the late Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements on the east coast of Småland. On surveys from the 30’s until today and future projects. The seminars continued by another Swedish archaeology blogger Pierre Petersson the man behind the blog AHIMKAR. In this seminar we move forward in time to the middle ages and thoughts on living conditions for the nobility and ordinary man. Pierre put forward an interesting example site Kläckeberga church, its surroundings and the findings that has been done via archaeological excavations etc. From the

Kenneth Alexandersson

middle ages we take a big leap back in time. Kenneth Alexandersson from Kalmar County museum presented the results from a settlement excavation just south of Kalmar airport. The expected finds was an Iron Age settlement but they found a Stone Age site dated to ca 9000 BP instead. After this we move north to the south of Norrland as Michel Guinard and Therese Ekholm presents the project Nordic Blade

Michel Guinard

Technology network which concerns the earliest habitants after the latest Ice Age. Two sites, one that has been situated in the inland and one by the coast are currently excavated by students and scientists. Larforsen is located in Hälsingland, dated to ca 7200 BC, and Torsåker in Gästrikland are several small settlements, dated to ca 8500-5000 BC. There are several specialists involved such as osteololgist Therese Ekholm who will study

Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay & Therese Ekholm

bones from the hearths looking at spices as well as dating. We return to Småland and hits the neolithics once again as Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay discuss the Funnelbeaker culture. The funnelbeakers are considered as the first real farmers in Sweden. Ludvig is working with materials from the island Öland in his post-doc research. Among them results from a settlement excavation at Resmo. The day ends with another fellow archaeology blogger Martin Rundkvist from Aardvarchaeology who spoke on projects done and projects to come concerning Bronze Age sacrifical deposits, in both wetlands and on human settlements, etc. His idea is to look for the sites found in the late 1800’s and first half of the 1900s and excavate these again. By categorize them due to location and natural features etc. create models to predict where to find new places. Almost all sites we know of today were found by framers while draining wetlands to create new farmland or working behind the plow seeing what it plowed up. This ended the sessions of day 1.

Martin Rundkvist

Day 2

Sven Gunnar Broström and Kenth Ihrestam

The day began with Kenth Ihrestam and Sven Gunnar Broström presenting their survey finds of Bronze Age rock art in Casmirsborg (MEM) some miles north of Västervik. During their latest surveys the number of known figures has increased from 13 to 175. They have found several large finds of ship carvings, people, foot soles, animals etc. From art to Claus Ruskas land transactions in the

John Hutto

Middle Ages. John Huttu described the way from middle class to the gentry, from the city to land ownership and what can be found in medieval diplomas. Tar production was probably a big deal during the middle ages – Veronica Palm from Kalmar County Museum and Västerviks

Veronica Palm

museum goes forward in time and tells a tale of a tar production site from the 18th century. The site was just outside of Målilla and excavated in 2010. Very nice findings and interesting results. Back to prehistoric times with Joakim Wehlin (sorry all pics were out of focus) who research ship settings on Gotland. There is a much larger material than I knew; in total 380 are known at Gotland whereof ca 100 are excavated. Joakim told us about an interesting excavation from this summer where they found a double grave in a small round stone setting just next to a ship setting. An interesting project to follow! Last speaker of the day was Rune Johansson who works as a nurse and are studying archaeology. He presented his thoughts on archaeology as a rehabilitation tool. As all people have a history most have a connection with the past and therefore it is a way to get people interested. There are also several things in archaeology that can be therapeutic, walks in woods, feeling artefacts, associations between artefacts and modern things, being part in projects such as digs etc.

Rune Johansson

I would like to thank all involved who made this a great weekend. I will be back 🙂

Magnus Reuterdahl

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