The Different Faces of Photography
On 5 and 6 March students of information technology presented alternative way of playing. They used numerous light-emitting diodes placed in the windows of university tower block to create arcade games. This very nice game spectacle was their semester work. More information concerning this event can be found on website of the University in Kiel.
On 19 February I visited old town in Schleswig. I walked along harbour of this very nice city and I observed various species of birds which swum in half-frozen water. I had also possibility to visit the Schleswig Cathedral and I admired its beauty.
During my visit in Schleswig in February I discovered fantastic Viking – themed playground. It is not only beautifully manufactured but also very good to check own sport skills. I am of the opinion that it is also very interesting way to promote local heritage among children.
During this visit in Schleswig I discovered the one of the most beautiful streets I ever seen. It walking along it it was nearly like travel to past ages!
These photos were taken on 10th January 2018.
These photos were taken on 1st January 2018 in Kiel.
In 2017 I uploaded numerous photos on my blog ‘Hrafn Photography’. According to the WordPress.com stats the most viewed galleries on my site in 2016 were:
was a very important, fruitful and busy year in my life! I received my first DAAD grant (and first grant ever!), I got to know and met nice people, I visited for the fist time my favourite Scandinavian country – Sweden and amazing places in three other countries (Germany, Poland, Slovakia), I took part in two very interesting international conferences and one re-enactor seminar, last but not least I took numerous photos during my travels.
In February, I took part in the first edition of the Early Medieval Forum (Fórum včasného stredoveku) in Archaeological Museum in Bratislava (Archeologické múzeum v Bratislave) in Slovakia. This event was organised by re-enactors and very nice people from Slovakian early medieval re-enactment groups Svjatogor and Marobud. On 3rd February I presented there the paper entitled ‘Viking Re-enactment in Poland: Beginnings, Development, and Current Problems‘ concerning Polish early medieval re-enactment, re-enactor reception of the past and some past (and current) problems in Viking and Slavic re-enactment. I was very nice to met and discuss various aspects of re-enactment and experimental archaeology as well to visit nice Bratislava.
In Mach, I took part in interesting geomagnetic survey in Igołomia near Kraków (Poland). During one week we worked on field and looked for traces of a Neolithic settlement.
In June, I took part in very interesting and fruitful seminar ‘Death and Magic in Viking and Medieval Scandinavia’ in Bonn (Germany). On 21st June, I presented short paper entitled ‘The Bird Motif in the Viking Age’ which was my introduction to my DAAD project entitled ‘Birds in Viking Age Mortuary Practices’. I was very nice to hear all presentations, met all participants of the Seminar and discuss various topic concerning Viking Age and Medieval Scandinavia. I would like to thank Professor Rudolf Simek and Dr Leszek Gardeła for inviting me for this fantastic Seminar. It was also my fists visit in beautiful Bonn. I really enjoyed old part of the city and exhibitions in LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn.
From July to September, I realised my fist Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst grant at the Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology, University of Kiel (Germany). During three months, I collected information about 120 various graves from Scandinavia and the British Isles, numerous depiction of birds in Viking Age art as well many interesting description of birds in medieval written sources. I would like to thank Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst for the generous support of my project which allowed me to conduct my research at the Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology University of Kiel and ‘spread my wings’ in this fascinating topic.
In October, I started my one year Erasmus+ stay at the Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology, University of Kiel (Germany). I started to work on the new topic of my PhD thesis concerning bird remains in Viking Age graves from Scandinavia and the British Isles. In this month, I also visited archaeozoological laboratory at the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology (Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie) in Schleswig (Germany). I spent there many hours analysing numerous and very interesting bird bones. I would like to thank Dr Oliver Grimm and Dr Ulrich Schmölcke for introducing me to this fantastic laboratory and for many interesting discussions.
In November, for the fist time ever I visited Stockholm, capital of my favourite Scandinavian country. I spent three days (17-19 November) walking along streets of Old city (Gamla stan) in Stockholm and I visited several museums i.e. Skansen, Vikingaliv, the Nordic Museum (Nordiska museet), Vasa-Museum (Vasamuseet), Spritmuseum. During next days in Stockholm (20-24 November), I examined in Historiska museet very interesting artefacts and bird bones from Viking Age graves which I included in my catalogue. It was unusual and unforgettable experience for me to have these wonderful artefacts for the first time ever in my hands.I am really grateful to Dr Gunnar Andersson and Leena Drenzel who made possible my examination of Viking Age finds and bird bones and shared with me their observations on Viking Age mortuary practices.
In December, I took part in fantastic and very interesting 3rd International Interdisciplinary Meetings ‘Motifs through the Ages’: Animals and Animated Objects in Past Societies which taken part on 16-17 December in Bytów (Poland). On the 16 December 2017, we visited Iron Age site in Węsiory (Poland). In the forest nearby nice and mysterious lake were located cemetery of cremation graves under mounds and several stone circles. Graves and stone circles were excavated and documented so currently there are located only reconstruction based on original graves. It was unusual experience to visit this place during frosty winter morning and walking among trees and mounds. During this conference, I presented there paper ‘On wings through worlds: Birds and their meaning in the Viking Age‘ which was summary of my DAAD project concerning bird remains in Viking Age graves. This conference was fantastic and fruitful event with numerous fascinating discussions. I am really grateful to Dr Leszek Gardeła and Dr Kamil Kajkowski for their kind invitation to this wonderful event. I would like to thank Professor Christina Lee, Professor Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide, Dr Gunnar Andersson, Dr Sarah Croix, Dr Harriet Jean Evans, Dr Leszek Gardeła, Dr Zdzisława Ratajczyk, Dr Sławomir Wadyl, Katie Haley-Halinski and Mads Heilskov for inspiring meetings and discussions. I was pleasure to meet you, listen your very interesting papers and discuss various topics. I hope that we will meet in the nearest future!
After above mentioned fantastic conference in Bytów I spend two nice days in very nice Gdańsk. I visited there old part of the city and exhibition in the Archaeological Museum.
On 21 December I visited beach located in a part of Kiel named Friedrichsort. I spent there several hours walking, looking at Kieler Förde and collecting stones, shells and flints.
On the 16 December 2017, first day of very fascinating 3rd International Interdisciplinary Meetings ‘Motifs through the Ages’: Animals and Animated Objects in Past Societies, we visited Iron Age site in Węsiory (Poland). In the forest nearby nice and mysterious lake were located cemetery of cremation graves under mounds and several stone circles. Graves and stone circles were excavated and documented so currently there are located only reconstruction based on original graves. It was unusual experience to visit this place during frosty winter morning and walking among trees and mounds.
Archaeological site in Węsiory is the place where various neopagans meet very often and celebrating some feasts. Sometimes they leave near stones or mounds various object, vegetables or fruits. During my visit on this archaeological site, I saw three small things laid near backside of a stone which is a part of a big stone circle. They were: one red aromatic candle (note that it was melted), celeriac and decorative orange pumpkin. Maybe these vegetables and candle were offerings during a neopagan ritual?
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Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.'
J.R.R. Tolkien,'A Walking Song'
'Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.'
'Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.'