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Archaeoastronomy in Denmark __ "Danish historians do not yet accept astronomical explanations to prehistoric findings; instead, they prefer other interpretations. In other countries the subject is more accepted . In England the subject was taken seriously after the interpretation of Stonehenge as a Sun-Moon observatory (Hawkins, 1963). Since then several stonemonuments have been explained in a similar way." Learn about what is taking place in Denmark in archaeoastronomy in this brief overview. - From Erling Poulsen - http://www.rundetaarn.dk/engelsk/observatorium/archaeoas.htm

Archaeologists explore graveyard of sunken ships in Baltic Sea __ "...a vast graveyard of ill-fated ships hidden in the murky waters of the Baltic Sea, protected from the shipworm that destroys wooden wrecks in saltier oceans. Some 20,000 shipwrecks have been found - half of them in Swedish waters - dating back to as far as the Viking age. Researchers believe as many as 80,000 more could still be waiting to be discovered."  A very interesting read. - From archaeologydaily.com - http://www.archaeologydaily.com/news/200908101877/Archaeologists-explore-graveyard-of-sunken-ships-in-Baltic-Sea.html

The archaeological excavations of Papinniemi in Uukuniemi, Finland __ "At the archaeological site of Papinniemi in Uukuniemi, eastern Finland, a Greek Orthodox church, a cemetery and a village have been situated in the 15th-17th centuries. The settlement was completely deserted probably during a war between Sweden and Russia in the middle of the 17th century."  You will find an excellent, annotated timeline with the article.  However, blue links on the green background make them hard to read. - illustrated - From Ville Laakso - http://users.utu.fi/vilaakso/Uuengl.htm


Archaeological Research at Oslonki, Poland __ You will find a summary of six seasons of field work at this early farming site in Poland. - illustrated - From Peter Bogucki - http://www.princeton.edu/~bogucki/oslonki.html

Archaeology Poland __ "The most well known site in Polish archaeology is the fortified Bronze and early Iron Age settlement built between 750 and 400 BC near Biskupin, in the north-west of Poland."  A good overview of the site and the research. - illustrated - From polishpoland.com - http://polishpoland.com/archaeology_poland.htm   

Archaeology of Terror __  Learn about a form of forensic archaeology in Latvia, as well as other places, that determines whether or not atrocity has taken place. - From latnet.lv - http://vip.latnet.lv/lpra/zemitis.htm

ArchWEB - Archaeology in Poland __ A complete online resource for Polish archaeology including institutions, archaeologists, publications, legislation and much more. - From muzarp.poznan.pl - http://www.muzarp.poznan.pl/archweb/archweb_eng/archweb_e.htm 

Baltic Mystery Wreck __ "The Swedish Navy has released footage of a spectacularly preserved eighteenth-century ship discovered during routine winter exercises in the Baltic Sea."  A brief article. - From archaeology.org - http://www.archaeology.org/0207/newsbriefs/baltic.html

Baltic Sea States - History and archaeology __ You will find many links and resources relating to Baltic history and archaeology. - From bibl.sh.se - http://users.utu.fi/vilaakso/Uuengl.htm 

The Burial Cairns and the Landscape in the Archipelago of Åboland __ An in-depth presentation on the results of archaeological research on the burial cairns of the islands. "The field studies include excavations, surveys, boulder analyses, and weathering studies. The number of cairns in the area is 444." - From Oulu University Library - http://herkules.oulu.fi/isbn9514268024/html/index.html

Encyclopedia of Baltic History __ While this excellent history of the Baltic regions contains history from all ages, the sections on ancient times are major presentations in their own right, including archaeological evidence. - From University of Washington - http://depts.washington.edu/baltic/encyclopedia.html

Finland Archaeology __ "Archaeological sites and cultural historic resources about the past of the modern country of Finland."  A small collection of resources and links. - from about.com - http://archaeology.about.com/od/finland/Finland_Archaeology.htm

Institute of Baltic Sea Region History and Archaeology __ A encyclopedic article along with links to additional materials. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_of_Baltic_Sea_Region_History_and_Archaeology

Latvia - The Ancient Archaeological Record __ A general introduction to Latvian archaeology covering a variety of topics. - From lexiline.com - http://www.lexiline.com/lexiline/lexi50.htm

Marine Archaeology and Scuba Diving in Sweden – A Case of Cooperation and Polarity __ "For marine archaeology, scuba diving by the layman is a kind of inseparable partner or necessity. Scuba divers are the only other large group in society today which visits and studies the under water world to any degree."  An in-depth essay on the relationship between divers and archaeology. - From abc.se - http://www.abc.se/~pa/publ/swescuba.htm

Native Sweden __ Learn how the indigenous Saami are rediscovering their long-lost heritage. - From archaeology.org - http://www.archaeology.org/0807/abstracts/sweden.html  

Nordic Underwater Archaeology __ "If you like history and scuba diving, this is for you. The Baltic Sea, in Northern Europe, is a cold brackish sea where wood is preserved for centuries. Many sunken ships still wait to be discovered." - photos and other illustrations, reports on marine archaeology - http://www.abc.se/~pa/uwa/index.html

Past Landscapes of the Baltic Region __ Learn how an aerial survey changes the archaeological outlook. - illustrated - From amu.edu.pl - http://archeo.amu.edu.pl/baltic/project.htm

Polish Culture History and Archaeology __ You will find a collection of resources and links. - From about.com - http://archaeology.about.com/od/poland/Polish_Culture_History_and_Archaeology.htm

Pulli settlement __ "...is the oldest known human settlement in Estonia."  An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulli_settlement

Some links to Swedish archaeology __ Good list of resources including institutions, web sites, articles and more. - From Magnus Reuterdahl - http://inventerare.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/some-links-to-swedish-archaeology/

The Struggle for Theoretical Correctness in Swedish Archaeology... __ Paper about post-modernism philosophy and its effects on Swedish archaeology - From "The European Archaeologist" - http://www.algonet.se/~arador/theor_correct_en.html

Unique Pentagonal Temple __ About an unusual Iron Age temple found in Sweden - photo - From the Archaeological Institute of America - http://www.archaeology.org/online/news/sweden.html  



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