Staying within the (journal) family

In 2005 we published a paper on contamination in ancient samples. It was decently advanced for it’s time, and a well conducted study by Helena Malmström. Yet, it took several submissions to various journals (must have been over five, actually closer to ten is my guess now) before we eventually got it accepted. We had…

Of guests and calendars

Lately two very important and good things have happened in my professional life. The first one is that I have started to use a calendar. After a few weeks of lecturing in two different towns the same day, and visiting different capitals on days following each other, I thought it would be worth trying to…

Pots and meetings in Tbilisi

”Is the freaking pot 3500 years???” ”Yes, it’s a very nice vessel from one of the central materials we have in the exhibition” If you are from Scandinavia, with a background in archaeology, having experienced postholes and broken up ceramic fragments, then an un-damaged bronze-age vessel is just amazing. Ramaz Shengelia is building a medical…

A new laboratory in Ankara

”Hey, I’ve asked a friend to pick you up at the airport, on Sunday we will see where the new ancient DNA laboratory in Ankara will be, it will be great. Oh, and by the way, bring your running gear, I’ve signed us up for 64k in the mountains the day before…”. I’ve got several…

Thanx and welcome

Due to a pretty bad case of over-booking my calendar I find myself trying to keep up with things rather than having time to write here what is happening. One thing I was planning on posting here was a ”welcome back” to Catarina Ginja, and also to welcome Silvia Guimaraes to her visit to the…

PGHP approaching the finals

The PGHP is now moving in to more human-related stuff, and although still being mainly focused on genetics on ancient material, dissecting on one species provides for more variation. Mark Thomas has been a recurrent guest in Stockholm for various scientific activities lately, and here he is again, talking about cultural learning and models for…

Time for everything

Time is a funny thing. You always have a lot of it, except for today and maybe the coming two-three days, that are always over-booked. And it is always like that. Just a few days from now it does not seem to be so much, no matter when today is. And today is always over-booked….

When Google beats beer

This was the weekend I was going to go rural and brew more beer, sweet golden sparkling nectar. But for various reasons I did not get out of town, and thus no beer-brewing. Instead my phone rang this morning, and there was Love (Dalén) on the line. “Hey, I’ve got some Russians here, they’ve got…

A good CV would boost a Scythian career

If you were born and grew up on the Pontic Steppe, and in some non-Scythian society, well it seems as if it did not matter so much. If you wanted to become a Scythian, you could anyway. Becoming a Scythian would have worked, but probably not a Srubnayan. We went over 35 genomes from different…

Lidingöloppet

The ancient DNA community did not do so bad on the trail after all, or at least not those of us who eventually run. I got the worst cold on this side of the millennia-shift, Tom Gilbert needed to attend other businesses, and Love Dalén also had acceptable reasons for not running. But there were…

A new honorary dr. at Stockholm University

Today Ilga Zagorska visited Stockholm University, and the dept. Archaeology and classic studies. And for a very good reason. Ilga Zagorska is becoming an honorary dr. at our university. In this context she presented half a century of research on the site Zvejnieki, a burial site spanning from the Mesolithic to the Bronze Age.  …