Things are coming together with the post-excavation work for last summer’s castle investigations so I’m putting some stuff on-line here.
- I’ve submitted a paper detailing the main results to a proceedings volume for the Castella Maris Baltici symposium in Lodz back in May. There are no illustrations in the file, but you’ll find all you need here on the blog in various entries tagged ”Castles”.
- Osteologist Rudolf Gustavsson has completed his reports on the bones from the two sites (Landsjö – Stensö).
For the Dear Reader who doesn’t read Swedish, a short summary of Rudolf’s results is in order. As expected, there are no human bones: this is food waste. The material from both sites is dominated by youngish pigs followed by sheep/goat and cattle in roughly equal fragment numbers. Pig parts represented at Landsjö suggest slaughter on site. Chicken was also eaten at both sites. Both sites have fish species that would have been available in the body of water overlooked by the castle. Landsjö’s trench D has large parts of a fox whose femur shows a healed break. It’s from the top layer that probably represents post-Medieval, post-castle slope erosion, and thus doesn’t seem to have anything to do with courtly hunting.
Questions and comments on the documents are most appreciated!