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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


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


Report from within a monster

I’ve begun reading Åsa M Larssons (Ting & Tankar) thesis; Breaking and Making Bodies and Pots: Material and Ritual Practices in Sweden in the Third Millennium BC.

400+ pages makes for a thick and heavy book and academia normally isn’t a light read but this is quite an easy read for an academic work. This is in part due to a good flow and good usage of language and in part due to a good disposition of the book where each chapter has a clear beginning and end and is well marked off. A lot of nice pictures and graphs gives some rest to dreary eyes but are also and more importantly illustrative to the text.

Some first notes; I’m not sure I agree with Asa in naming it a monster (at least not a growling one), at a first glance it’s more of slowly building crescendo of pitted ware data; background information, descriptions and syntheses mixed with some fun facts and good writing. Quite a pleasent read.

I’ve started with the osteological parts of the thesis on which I’ll posts some notes later on, as I read it through a little bit more in detail.

Magnus Reuterdahl

Four Stone Hearth the New Year edition

I love the New Year, for me it symbolizes both an end and a beginning. This edition marks the end of the year and gives away the torch for a new year filled with posts on our beloved subjects. I’ve spent Christmas searching the internet for interesting post and blogs, and I feel that I’ve found a bunch of good stuff.

As the new year starts with January so will this edition of 4SH with a little help from a friend;


In bleach’d forbidding robes array’d
stern January treads the wold,
within his icy hand a blade
of lethal might – the cruel cold

Vainly the sun with slanting dreams beams
attempts the tyrant god to slay;
the naked boughs and frozen streams
feel still the rigours of his sway.

But when the twilight shades descend,
and heav’n unveils before our sight,
there shines a promise of the end
in visions of celestial light.

(as published in a Winter wish and other poems by H.P.L (1977))


H.P. Lovecraft

I think it’s interesting that most archaeologists and anthropologist I’ve met, like me, holds H.P. Lovecraft in high esteem. Maybe it’s just that we have great taste in academic subjects as well as literature or maybe it is as Martin Rundkvist proposes in this post.

As I’m on the subject of Lovecraft my eyes fell upon this article, a bit old I know, which in a far fetch way links my surname to both that of Lovecraft and Einstein. A fun read if you’re into a bit of conspiracy thinking.

While we’re on the subject of the weird and the unexpressible lets haste on to Neuroanthropolgy and a post on how the dead stay with us or rather how we perceive this phenomenon and the anthropological research concerning this, in other words a post on grief and embodied remembrances.

After that brief stop of seriousness we’ll continue onward in the field of popular culture, in this case an archaeologizing of the Watchmen comics at underwire. From comics to movies; Tom Arnold, Gary Busey and porn star Ron Jeremy, 3 cavemen in a movie equals Homo erectus. John Hawks have the full story. As we are on the note of creativity I’ll introduce you to Måns Sjöberg’s blog; he does great illustrations; here are a few with an archaeological and zooarchaeological theme.


This illustration of Neolithic seal hunters along with several others can be seen on his blog (published with the artist’s permission).

From the written word and illustrations to notes; at News for Medievalists comes a tale of newly discovered medieval music.

From the popular culture to academics; Julien Riel-Salvatore at A Very Remote Period Indeed gives us insight on the various topics his archaeology students currently are working on (Btw the referral to your wife is a gem; an anology Testimony of a …. gives me the creeps though).

More on anthropology education; Golublog introduces the pedagogy Guitar Hero and Youtube which somehow equals Sibelius & Hilary.

Ever heard of electronic Archaeology? I hadn’t! Shawn Graham has a blog named just that, in this post he discusses an online system for teaching among other things.

ArchaeoBlog gives us tips on further use of google earth.


Take a deep breath and dive into the Somatosphere, Erin Koch has a great article on “Microbes and Anthropology”.

During the last year I’ve read a lot of posts on Neanderthals on several blogs, obviously so has others; at Dienekes’ anthropology blog is a list of 13 posts, check out if you missed any. But I think they missed Mathilda’s and Evo and Proud’s late 2008 additions in Neanderthal related posts.

Do you know AIS? Do you walk on two legs? If the answer is no and yes then this post is for you! Moneduloides discusses human bipedal locomotion and AIS. (Of course the post is interesting for those knowing AIS as well).

From anatomy to intelligence – and the test of just that – Neuroanthroplogy responds on the issue and asks themselves and us what they tell and for whom they work.

Hear yea! Hear yea! Buddha was an archaeologist! Read all about it at the H-word. Headlines vs. contents, archaeology in the hands of journalists.

Archaeoastronomy has had a busy day! How so? Well combine questions on how the world started, the story of Ymir,  burglary and Derby and the answer is … 

Going from burglary to law; Steven Tills post on law and punishment in the middle ages, maybe something to pick up as an example in Derby, at the blog with the long name; Medieval History, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Writing Fiction.

Asa M Larssons blog Ting & Tankar (Things & Thoughts) normally blogs in Swedish but for 4SH she makes an exception in a post well suited for the New Years feast; Neolithic Alcoholic beverages, though nothing on toasting traditions of the era. If you’re interested in the Baltic Bioarchaeology meeting 2009 (Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology) Asa also has a post on that (in English). 

 I’ll end the carnival with a few announcement like posts 


The top 100 Anthropology blogs according to Christina Laun is announced at the Online Universities blog, I miss a lot of blogs I follow in here (and mine) but I’ve also found a few that are new to me. I qualified as Four Stone Hearth blog carnival is number 10.

As money can be spares after the holidays here’s a few free bees; Ohio Archaeology blog announces that The Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society Quarterly (later Ohio History) is available on-line for free. As I understand it this is a treat for those interested in information on Ohio Archaeology, Natural History or History. (). Yet another free online publication I stumbled upon is Anthropology & Health.

At last but not least a big congratulation to Aardvarchaeology for its two years and running at ScienceBlogs, I personally hopes for several to come.

Now it’s time to close the curtains and give room for another stage, the next edition of 4SH will be held at Moneduloides in 2009.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all who have hosted 4SH and all of you who write great blogs, you’ve all in some way opened my eyes for new input and ideas and thanks to all of you who has presented me with great posts to this edition.

Let’s hope 2009 will be a good year for bloggers, anthropologists, archaeologists, cultural heritage workers etc. around the world. 

As my body continues on its
my thoughts keep turning back
and bury themselves in days past.

Gustav Flaubert (1849)

Happy New Year

Magnus Reuterdahl

Urminne nr 7 2008

A new issue of Urminne (7/2008) is available, Urminne is a periodical concerning prehistoric and medieval issues in the Swedish provinces Småland, Öland and Östergötland. All articles are written in Swedish and it is possible to order it from Jonkoping County museum.


In this issue me and colleague; Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay, have an article; Tre oväntade fynd från Ottenby Kungsgård, Öland (Three unexpected finds at Ottenby Kungsgård).

Abstract: This paper presents three somewhat unexpected finds made in connection to the excavation in 2004 of a Pitted Ware site (Neolithic) at Ottenby Royal Manor on the southernmost part of Öland, Sweden. The first find to be treated here was identified during the excavation, and consists of an Early Medieval glass bead of Hungarian origin, of a type not previously documented from the Scandinavian area. The other two finds were identified during the osteological analysis; in the material from the 2004 excavation a Gannet (Morus bassanus, formerly known as Sula bassana) was identified, being the first of this species from a prehistoric context on Öland and the forth find from the large islands in the Baltic Sea altogether. Secondly whilst analysing bones from the 1991 excavation at the site a previously unidentified human bone was identified.

Magnus Reuterdahl

The other articles are (sorry I haven’t translated ´em);

– Jörgen Gustafsson: “Paradis i inland”
– Magnus Reuterdahl & Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay: “Tre oväntade fynd från Ottenby Kungsgård, Öland”
– Michael Dahlin: “Låt gravarna berätta! Några nygamla bronsåldersgravar i södra Tjust”
– Alexandra Nylén & Åsa Jönsson: “Gripeberg. En fornborg i Smålands inland”
– Christina Helander: “Att tända den livsgnista som släckts. En tolkning av två stensättningar i Bäckseda”
– Erika Räf: “Varifrån kom järnet? Om framställning av blästjärn i Östergötland under förhistorien”
– Mikael Nordström: “Död mans dörr och järnåldersdösens gåta”
– Anna Kloo Andersson: “Hälsa och ohälsa under medeltid och efterreformatorisk tid i södra Vätterbygden. Med utgångspunkt från skeletten i Barnarps kyrka”
– Rickard Wennerberg: “Skogens svarta guld. Undersökning av kolframställningsplatser i Nifsarp utanför Eksjö”
– Leif Häggström: Om viljan att kommunicera resultat. En analys av olika aktörers publiceringsfrekvens från en småländsk horisont”

Pitted ware culture thesis

Today I am going to the disputation of Petra Molnar; she will defend her thesis in Osteoarchaeology Tracing Prehistoric Activity – Life ways, habitual behaviour and health of hunter-gatherers on Gotland at Stockholm University. I’ve read the thesis which includes five articles on the neolithic pitted ware culture. She ‘s been studying traces of prehistoric stress through stress markers, dental wear and oral pathology, the graves and grave-goods, she has compared these Neolithics health status with the health status of those living in Sigtuna during the middle ages (interesting results) and she has been studying the link between osteoarthritis and activity.

The abstract is available here.

I’ll get back with a few more in depth thoughts of the thesis.

Magnus Reuterdahl

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).

Magnus Reuterdahl

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