Fornvännen’s Spring Issue On-line

Check it out in full, for free!

  • Kim von Hackwitz on miniature Middle Neolithic battle axes around Lake Mälaren
  • Roger Wikell & Jörgen Johnsson on the re-discovery of a runic inscription on a cliff side near Stockholm
  • Herman Bengtsson & Christian Lovén on indications in Medieval church art about the contents of a lost longer version of the legend of Saint Eric
  • Jens Heimdahl on the medicinal use of henbane in 12th century Nyköping
  • Magnus Källström on the re-discovery of archive documentation of two lost rune stones near Uppsala
  • And an unusually pugnacious debate section
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12 thoughts on “Fornvännen’s Spring Issue On-line

  1. Kul att du tipsade om Roger W:s artikel. Vilken upptäckt! Han är verkligen ett tidlöst andeväsen, den evige trissvinnaren bland fornsökare. Hörde du om högen han undersökte i Tyresta? Och när han ryckte in i Gamla Uppsala så hamnade han naturligtvis i det mest intressanta grophuset. Men det märkligaste av allt är att han och Mattias P är så lika till utseendet. Det är som två tvillingbröder som förenats en stund i nutiden i jakt på sitt förflutna.

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  2. Martin, since badgers have a pugnacious* reputation it is only fitting that they should be digging into viking-era burial mounds.
    * I like that word.
    I could never have the patience to do work on the history of legends. Greek and Norse legends might be endurable, but Christian-era legends are so bland. A trickster who outsmarts the gods is worth a thosuand pages of pious zzzzzz.

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  3. Fortunate re-discovery of archive documentation, good that we do not need a specific OS to read them…and old paper was not as acidic, allowing it to survive longer.
    And obviously the “miniature” axes were used by dwarwes and gnomes, some of which remain today (see “The Underpants Gnomes”). OT: Neolithic horror ? http://www.gocomics.com/getfuzzy/2012/11/05

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  4. The geography of these articles is really depressing. They all focus on eastern Sweden. This really highlights that archeological research in western Sweden is basically nonexistent.

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  5. It’s true that there is not much in Fornvännen about Halland, Västergötland, Bohuslän, Dalsland, Värmland. And there is only one major city in the region as compared to several in eastern Sweden, which means there’s less land development and so less contract archaeology. But I believe the main reason that Fornvännen offers little Western Swedish archaeology is that the editors are based in Lund and Stockholm and do not have a good contact network on the west coast. Western Swedish archaeologists do produce work, but they choose other venues when they publish.

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  6. This area represents 20% of the Swedish population. The largest university in Sweden is located here. The explanation is obvious when you look into the interest of the staff at the University of Gothenburg; archeological department. We won’t see anything from these guys in Fornvännen anytime soon.
    Martin

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  7. Värmland. And there is only one major city in the region as compared to several in eastern Sweden, which means there’s less land development and so less contract archaeology. But I believe the main reason that Fornvännen offers little Western Swedish

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