Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Boat Burning

Darrell explains the history of the burning of the Boat.He might get tired of telling the tale every year, but I love hearing it.

The Boat is lit...

Ragnarr watches with double fisted drinks, so I can take a picture.

What do you see in the flames for the new year?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gotland field school report

Or, Karen and Neil go to an archaeological field school in Gotland, and eat good food along the way.

A full report can be found here: http://www.treheima.ca/Gotland_2011.html

Cirque du Soleil this past weekend was fantastic! As indeed, they usually are. No pictures 'though - I got a little distracted.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Yes, I know. I fell off the face of the earth after that last post. I just got distracted.

The short version is that I missed recounting the last two weeks of the dig/vacation, and I've been back home for two weeks already!

The good news is that the hubby and I are working on a web page detailing the whole trip, and I'll post it here as soon as it's done. Possibly even this weekend.

The bad news is that real life is still very distracting. It's easier to find me on Facebook 'though my friends circle is intentionally smaller there, just because it requires so much less thought and coherence then blogging does.

Next big plans are seeing Cirque du Soleil so maybe I'll have more pictures to share from that trip in a few weeks!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New dig site!

Apparently the search for a Viking Age harbour in Slite didn't pan out. There was no evidence in any of our finds - many mixed layers, and history all over the modern period.

So..... as of Monday, Dan moved us to a new site in Hellvi to dig a Migration Era Iron Age house. It's a 400m walk from the parking lot, through both cow and sheep fields and we climb over two fences and one bridge. We do this twice a day, going both in and out for lunch back in Slite. We're really getting some exercise in!

I`ll try to remember to take pictures of the walk in, it`s actually quite a pleasant combination of field and forest.

Once again, we deturfed the old fashioned way, but this time we had 22 people working all at once - it went quite faster. Although... there are a few rocks.

Early finds include: bones (including some mandibles and teeth) from a variety of animals, iron age pottery (undecorated), slag, and a bit of glass.

Today was a good day - we found a tiny spiral of silver wire...

a blue bead...

a piece of decorated pottery......

and an iron knife, remarkably well preserved.