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Magnus in action

It’s not often I publish pictures of myself here at Testimony of the spade but I got these pictures of me in the field taken by fellow archaeologist Joel Berglund and I thought it might be a good idea to give evidence that I actually do some work as well as blogging. Here I am behind Totte (Swedish nickname for Total station) at the Skepplanda excavation.

Magnus Reuterdahl Skepplanda

Photo © Joel Berglund 2009
Magnus Reuterdahl Skepplanda
Photo © Joel Berglund 2009

Not about archaeology but perhaps not far away of becoming an artifact.

Have a nice weekend!

Magnus Reuterdahl

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Through the eye of the Geodimeter

 a look

The excavation continues, though a lot of nice flints and some ceramics we’ve still haven’t found any traces of the settlement itself, no postholes, no cocking pits and no hearths. Well we’ve found one hearth but it’s probably Iron Age and not Stone Age though a C14 analysis will settle that at a later date. The flints and the ceramics are from the Neolithic pitted ware culture.

 Skepplanda 32 excavation

At the moment it’s my task to excavate and document it; as seen on the picture below the SW quadrant have been dug so far, ca 1 x 1 m and 0,15 m deep. I’ve only found a few scattered flints at the bottom of the hearth, if they are part of the hearth or not is anyone’s guess at the moment; if they are it might be Stone Age if they aren’t it’s probably of a newer date.

 hearth skepplanda 32

As you can see there are a lot of stones, most affected by the fire and found in a layer filled with ash and coal.

This afternoon I got a curious visitor, a slow worm (Anguis fragilis) or in kopparorm (in Swedish) is a lizard that in Sweden is called a snake and in English a worm.

 slow worm kopparorm kopparödla

Returning to the title of this post. At this dig I’ve been appointed head of measurements; which means I constantly needs to find measure slaves (people to hold the lath), though the instrument isn’t the newest it is kind of nice to relax behind it and watch people run around at your whim.

 total station

Magnus Reuterdahl


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