I’ve got a lot of fun stuff going on right now. Yesterday I drove to Uppsala, talked to the County Archaeologist about a site for almost two hours on an empty stomach, was fed cake by my friend and colleague Ã sa of Ting & Tankar, spoke about Bronze Age sacrificial sites to her staff at the SAU excavation unit, was treated to dinner by Ã sa and my old buddy Jonas, drove to NorrtÃ¤lje, ran into the local history society’s meeting a quarter late and gave the Bronze Age talk one more time. Then drove home and spent half an hour before bedtime getting paperwork into shape as per the County Archaeologist’s wishes.
Today will be a bit more quiet: library visit before noon, then a seminar at the Vasa museum about Djurhamn where I did fieldwork a few years back and found that sword, you know. More specifically it’s about the underwater archaeology there – I was on dry land with my team. Tonight I need to pack my fieldwork gear.
Tomorrow’s the spring meet and annual business meeting of the Swedish Skeptics, which I will emcee. Chances are the board election may produce some drama – there has been growing criticism lately against the current board of which I’m a member, viz that we’re lazy ivory-tower academics who don’t engage enough with the media. So we’ll see if I’m still a board member at the skeptics-in-the-pub event on Saturday night. Also there’s likely to be some sort of manifestation of people who are unhappy with the society’s siding with mainstream science on the climate issue.
Sunday is the start of the fieldwork season: metal detecting and field walking with a team of ~10 volunteers near NykÃ¶ping. Monday more fieldwork at sites near Gnesta and EnkÃ¶ping. Tuesday will be quiet. And then, Wednesday, it’s off to Minneapolis for talks, skeptical events, some gaming, a museum tour and more.
As we say, rather earthily, in Swedish: I’ve got my ass full right now.