Lund University Library adventures

Yesterday Erin and I went to her school’s libraries with the intention of actually looking around at the books.

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After doing a quick lap of the inside, I headed straight for the history/archaeology section and Erin made a bee-line for the quiet study room to get a feel for the place in which she would be spending so much time.

Here’s a picture I took while searching through genealogies and records of family heraldry.
Lund University Library
Sadly, I couldn’t find anything from Switzerland.

After that we went to the archaeology department to view their specialized library. Inside, we explored the musty old leather-bound tomes containing knowledge about ancient forgotten cultures. We even found a shelf with books for sale. The sign said 10kr each. Hmm…10kr thats…let me see…divide by…..hm yes…now carry the 1….about $1.50. $1.50?!

So we bought 6 books.

The books we got are titled:

1. Children Lost and Found: A bioarchaeological study of Middle Helladic children in Asine with comparison to Lerna

This book is a scientific study on the graves of children in Greece. It seems to first focus on the physical anthropology side of the issue, meaning it talks about how long the femurs were and how big the skulls were at certain ages, etc. The second part of the book talks about the concept of childhood in that culture and the burial and mourning practices and rituals.

2. Natural Science in Archaeology in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden

This book deals with the hard sciences of archaeology, meaning the chemistry and dating methods used in the labs and in the field rather than the cultural interpretation and history. I think Erin will love this because it really focuses on what she wants to do, the nitty gritty conservation work.

3. Early Norland 11: Archaeological and Palaeoecological Studies in Medelpad, N. Sweden

This one is a little too technical and over my head. I’m sure Erin will get more out of it than I will. It SEEMS to be about dating using sediment layers and plant material in Northern Sweden but I can’t be sure…I’m not a scientist…unlike my wife. I love being able to say that! 🙂

4. The European Frontier: Clashes and Compromises in the Middle Ages

A collection of research papers in different languages on European identity in the Middle Ages.

5. Some German archaeological book that I can barely read the title on because it’s in a weird German Blackletter font. It’s full of old maps and drawings of celtic bronze age artifacts. I’ll likely never be able to read this hefty tome but it’s enough that I just get to say that I own it.

6. A Dendrochronological Investigation of the Monk Chairs in the Cathedral of Lund: The Methods and Preliminary Results.

This is the one erin seemed most excited about because she can read this book about the dating methods used on these chairs, and then she can literally walk 100 yards from her classroom to the Cathedral and see the chairs for herself!

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