Ancient Monuments on Lidingö 1: Stockby Burial Mound

Burial mound Lidingö 6:1

In connection with my Archeology course from Uppsala University, I have been visiting burial mounds and grave fields here on Lidingö. I was very surprised to discover a Bronze or Iron Age burial mound less than a 20 minute walk from home, right next to our new recycling station. Sadly, the sign marking the site has been vandalized, and someone has dumped a bunch of cement blocks on the edge of the mound.

Butehamun in the journal KMT

The face of Butehamun on his coffin in the Egyptian Museum in Turin

I am delighted that my article about Butehamun (spelled “Butehamen” in accordance with their style guide) has been published in the respected popular Egyptology magazine “Kmt”. This is particularly gratifying because the journal had close links with the late Dr. Barbara Mertz, who’s Amelia Peabody books, written under the pseudonym Elizabeth Peters, awakened my interest in Egyptology in the first place.

A link to the magazine can be found here.

Here is a PDF of the article.

The Painted Queen


I was fortunate enough to win an Advanced Reader’s Edition of the final Amelia Peabody book, completed after the death of Eluzabeth Peters/Barbara Mertz by Joan Hess. The book is a worthy addition to the Peabody saga. In the beginning I thought the dialog was bit off, words the Peabody-Emersons would have used, but a little off tone. But that feeling soon vanished as I got caught up in the story of how the Nefertiti head “really” got found, against the back story of a series of assassins bent on doing away with Amelia and a couple of deus ex machina appearances by the “Master Criminal” Sethos.

Terribly sad the whole ride is over, but very pleased we got one last adventure. And one should go back (or forward) and read “Tomb of the Golden Bird” to see Amelia off properly.