Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ancient Småland

Another Swedish archaeologist has taken up blogging: check out Pierre Petersson's AHIMKAR! Pierre's approach so far is much more hard-core than mine: every second week he publishes a long essay in Swedish on the archaeology and early history of the Småland coast in southeast Sweden.

Although far from my parts, Pierre's hunting grounds are linked to mine by the ancient sea route from Denmark to the Lake Mälaren area and onward east to Finland and Russia. Load some good stuff on those cogs going north, Pierre!

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Blogger Pierre said...

Thank you for that Martin and thank you for the idea of blogging about archaeology! I´m a fan of Salto Sobrius. Thera are actually loads of links between my Kalmarsund area and the east coast north of Småland and even over the sea to the Baltic area. So maybe I´ll be going a bit north in some aspects one of these days.

Glad you enjoyed it!!

17 October, 2006 23:54  
Blogger Karen said...

I was very excited to see you post a link to another blog about Swedish archaeology. However I missed the part where you wrote it was in Swedish. This resulted in much sadness when I went there and couldn't understand a thing. As I scrolled down my melancholy deepened as I saw Pierre's pics of the stone tools which reminded me greatly of the work I did in school. Despite not being able to read a single word, it was easy to see the similarities in tool production between your part of the world and mine. The world doesn't seem quite so small after all.

Damn. Does this mean I need to learn Swedish?

19 October, 2006 02:20  
Blogger Karen said...

Oops, I mean the world doesn't seem quite so BIG after all... its been a long day.

19 October, 2006 02:21  
Blogger Martin said...

Of course you need to learn Swedish. You're moving here to sweep all my male friends off their hairy feet, remember?

19 October, 2006 09:01  
Blogger Karen said...

You had me right up until the mention of the hairy feet. Are all Swedes hairy? Or is it just their feet? I may have to rethink this ...

19 October, 2006 14:12  
Blogger Martin said...

Swedes come in many shapes & sizes these days, but I'd say that on average we're probably less hairy than South Europeans and more hairy than East Asians. I'm sure your prospects will happily wax.

19 October, 2006 14:16  
Blogger Karen said...

Hmmm, well that's an option. I'll have to start saving my Krona's. Got any decent prospects for me?

19 October, 2006 16:33  
Blogger Martin said...

I usually offer newly arrived ladies to get funky with my friend Tor. He's single, he's got a PhD in formal logic and word on the street is he's got the equipment and stamina of a rhino coupled with the moves of Smoove B.

Then there's Moomin, as in "If his nose is Moomin size, then...".

No need to starve in Sweden.

19 October, 2006 19:34  
Blogger Karen said...

I'll call Air Canada tonight!

19 October, 2006 22:19  
Anonymous Henrik said...

Just a non-empirical fact here: Danes have less hairy feet than Swedes. But the Swedes might have larger noses, not quite sure there...

20 October, 2006 16:54  
Blogger Martin said...

There's an enigmatic scene in the Edda where a giantess has to identify a god by looking at a lineup of gods showing only their feet. Njordr has the prettiest feet and is forced to marry the giantess. The whole thing looks a lot like an old garbled myth whose original significance had been forgotten in the Viking Period when the Eddic poetry was composed.

But maybe she just wanted to make sure she got a Dane!

20 October, 2006 17:57  

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