I’m trainblogging again, somewhere between NorrkÃ¶ping and NykÃ¶ping, and the sun is shining. I am pretty pleased with things, not least with how my project about elite sites in ÃstergÃ¶tland is working out.
Yesterday I received the Kaga parish landowner’s permission to excavate in his field after the harvest, that is, in mid- and late September. This is where a gold-foil figure die turned up a year ago.
Then I received information that the Royal Academy of Sciences has given me the largest grant so far in my career, meaning that I wouldn’t have to worry about my livelihood before Christmas 2009 even if I quit applying for more grants.
Today I went to LinkÃ¶ping and met with the County Archaeologist and the head of the County Museum’s excavation unit. I received immediate permission to metal detect 4Â½ of the 6 sites I had applied for, and the remaining 1Â½ sites did not look too bad either. It was also hinted that an excavation permit for the Kaga site in September might not be entirely out of the question.
I was then treated to lunch by my dear colleagues at the museum, and handed over the finds from six of thirteen sites we have metal detected in the past six years. I am happy that the paperwork for those sites has now been processed in good order, as it means that I will have less stuff to take care of. I also handed over the Skamby amber gaming pieces found in a boat-burial in 2005. They are due to receive prominent exposure in the County Museum’s new permanent exhibition, one of the highest honours a field archaeologist can aspire to.
The only disappointment really was not finding a certain geocache on Barefoot Lane near the Cathedral, and looking silly while searching for it.
(And by the way:
- There is wifi not only on the fast X2000 trains, but also on Swedish Rail’s slower but newer double-decker regional trains.
- The sf podcast Escape Pod now has a second sibling in addition to the horror-themed Pseudopod. The newborn fantasy short fiction podcast is named Podcastle and has started out with a classic 1960s story by Peter S. Beagle. Check it out!