Tonight is the society Runic et Mediævalia holds its annual meeting. After the meeting is held the traditional lecture. This year it’s about Bero Magni (Björn Magnusson). For me he is an unknown but in 15th century Vienna he was probably one of the most reverend Swedes at the time. For more than 30 years he taught as a magister regens at the University at the philosophy department. He donated his library to to the dome in Skara, Sweden. The books are since long lost but through documents about it many of the 138 books are possible to identify. The lecture is hold by Ph.D. Erika Kihlman.
As always it will be both interesting to go to hear the lecture and nice to meet up with acquaintances at the following dinner.
If you’re not a member and you’re interested to promote research on runes and medieval languages, culture and society then join up and get the newest on the topic through the book series edited and issued by Runic et Mediævalia, divided into series Scripta Maior, Scripta minora, Opuscula and Lectiones. Note that most are written in Swedish. More info is available through the webpage.
Then this sojourn in Östersund has come to an end. Well it is as it and now it’s time to find new projects or a new employer. I’ve liked it up here, it’s a nice enough city and my colleagues have been great and i’ve learned a lot- though it will good to be without the constant travels for awhile.
Change is sometimes necessary and I guess now is as a good time as any. Talking about change I thought it was time for the blog to get a facelift – hope you like it. I got a few post from Vienna coming up the coming days so there will be a few pictures from a few museums – unfortunately not from das Pathologisch-anatomisches Bundesmuseum (the Federal Pathologic-anatomical Museum) in Vienna as photographing was not allowed there. I would like to recommend it though – it’s an interesting museum, with several good examples of who disease such as syphilis and tuberculoses etc can leaves marks the skeleton. So if you’re there its well worth a visit.
Don’t have time to write anything here today so check out my Vienna adventures at my wine blog Aqua Vitae (this week I post in English there as well). There you can see a few nice pictures at Schloss Schönbrunn and learn the story behind the name Schwedenplatz (Sweden square).
Continuing with pictures from das Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna, here are some statues, bronzes and ceramics from Cyprus and Greece.
A Cypriote statue dating to ca 550 BC.
Some Greek statues, bronzes and ceramics.
Is an art museum something for an archaeologist? If they’re anything like das Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna, – YES they are. This museum holds a large collection of ancient Greek and Roman finds; statues, frescos, ceramics etc, prehistoric finds from Egypt etc. I took a great number of pictures and thought I’d present some of them for you – at a later date I’ll try to do a few more narrative posts of the photos, now I just dived them up in cultures and periods – a perhaps a few comments.
The first rooms are filled with ancient Egyptian finds from the ages of the Pharaohs to roman times. If I’m not mistaken a few ceramic finds might predate the Pharaohs.
A few of the painted vessels just behind the first row are painted pottery that at least highly remains of Neolithic painted pottery from Egypt that I’ve seen such as Naqada.
There’s more to come!
I arrived earlier today after an adventurous trip, read about it here. I also got a tip on a museum I mustn’t miss; das Pathologisch-anatomisches Bundesmuseum Wien.
Hopefully a visit for Wednesday.
Tomorrow it’s off to Austria and a few days vacation followed by a few days at the European Wine Bloggers Conference – I also host a wine blog Aqua Vitae (in Swedish).
So the comming week it’s all museums and wines! I’ll be sure to post some photos and words on the museums and sights as the days goes by.
In a few weeks I’ll travel to Vienna with my fiancée to attend the European winebloggers conference 2010, I also have a wine blog – Aqua Vitae – that is written in Swedish. Before the conference we have a few days of enjoying the sites. This is my first visit to Vienna so there’s much that I want to see. Among other things I’m going to visit a few museums such as the Wien Museum (Stadtarchäologie Wien), Museum für Völkerkunde and the Vienna Natural History Museum which display Venus of Willendorf.
I’ve just begun reading up on Austria and Vienna so if you have any tips for me of other museums or other things with archaeological/prehistoric profile that should not be missed, please tell me with a comment.