Honey and DNA

Gotland is a really nice place if you want to spend a day at the beach, keep a bee culture and make honey (they make some really good honey on Gotland), participate in a medieval festival, or if you want to do archaeogenetics. This little island has yielded ancient DNA for a number of decently…

Next generation

As we seniors are getting closer to the category veterans, there are juveniles moving up to seniors. The generation behind us that will one day be us, when we are leaving the stage. And we hope that the coming generation is good, and ready to push even further. Yesterday Hans Ahlgren gave us a glimpse…

For the love of your blue blue eyes

Eye-colour is a genetic trait, inherited variation. It may be used together with other genetic traits for population-genetic calculations, it may also tell us something about selection over time. And, if genetically retrieved, what someone looked like. It is one genetic trait (or actually, a few), with its own history, and its own demography, and…

Communication

When I was in the army, I was with a small unit who were pretty good at telegraphy. As a matter of fact, we were considered to be the few best in Sweden at telegraphy at the time, or at least the few with the highest potential of becoming telly-legends. And that is good, telegraphy…

Blast from the past

Interactions are fun, collaborative efforts of different kinds and depths. And when you are old enough you get to decide for your self who you join forces with, and you can call on all those fun people you remember from the early days for new projects and undertakings (I consider 48 years and a quarter…

Do your duty (and damn if there is no road…)

Sandbyborg needs help. Well, not Sandbyborg itself (although the inhabitants would certainly have needed whatever help they could have gotten that bloody day one and a half millennias ago), but the road leading to the site. Much excavational activities down there these recent years, and more people who are interested in the excavations. Actually, one…

Before urbanization

We are starting to see some diversity in projects within the ATLAS group now. Maja has her multiple-burial project, Anna is engaged in the Ostia project, and there are more applications being treated. That is good. Spread the gospel. Today Torun, Anna, and Cecilia presented their new Sigtuna-project, supported by VR. It is an archaeological…

Sixteen tons, what do you get?

I have told you previously that people were forced to go to Sala back in the days, to work in the silver mine. And I am sure there has always been good things to do in Sala, but working in the mine was not one of them. Various ways to die or get hurt down…

Wenner-gren and the ups and downs of Stockholm

A good thing about organising a Wenner-gren symposium is that you get to see Stockholm from different angles. For example, when you go to the Wenner-gren building, you use the subway. At least most of us who live in Stockholm do. And if the meeting you are going to attend is before lunch, you stand…

Room to roam

Research is working with puzzles, and not only the scientific puzzles, actually especially not the scientific puzzles. Those are easy, science is easy compared to logistics. You may start out with yourself and a Ph.D. student, and then it is all cool, it is only two desks you need. But as you get more funded,…