Mission Accomplished, Return to Base
In the afternoon we visited our colleagues at the County Museum and returned the gear they so kindly had lent us. And Emma Karlsson showed us her beautiful grave finds from Kvarnbacken outside Vadstena: imagine a High Medieval execution site full of decapitated skeletons, located on top of a Viking Period cemetery! One of the graves will become a classic: five silver coins (tpq AD 880), an elderly lady with early 9th century jewellery, a little girl with late 9th century miniature jewellery, Insular silver mounts in a geometric style adapted as pendants, a unique bone crucifix, and more. I was very flattered and grateful that Emma and the others would show us their finds and were interested in my ideas about them. And they fed us buns!
After farewells to Peter we went to Skavsta airport where H&L rented a car to explore in for the rest of the week. I drove home listening to the R.U. Sirius Show podcast, and stopped to take a geocache at the wooden pedestrian bridge across Lake Magelungen south of Stockholm. Beautiful hazy sunset, men sauntering down to the lake with fishing rods.
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