13 February 2007

Trondheim. And I'm tired

Trondheim yesterday was amazing! I was allowed to see all the finds which weren't exhibited in the museum at the moment - they had everything from stone age tools to rusty viking swords to 16th century pottery shards. I met with an archaeology student who knew all about stone age tools and how they were made. He had a box full of little flint fragments that had been knocked off when some stone age guy made an axe 10.000 years ago or something, and by looking at them he could tell how this stone age guy had made his axe and what the little fragments had been used for. There was one bit which they had apparently tried to cut into an arrowhead, but it had broken at the wrong place.

Fascinating, but I'm still not sure whether or not I'm going to study archaeology. If I do, it probably won't be in Trondheim. They said they mostly excavated stone age sites here, and I'd prefer Roman stuff (now why couldn't the Romans have conquered - or at least tried to conquer - Norway?).
The museum people did say I could check to see if there were any "summer school excavations" which were open to non-archaeology students. I caught a fleeting glimpse of a brochure about excavations in Xanten, which would be absolutely amazing, since my novel takes place there, but of course I'm unable to find any information about it on the internet.

And I went to the bookstore again. I spent two hours drooling at all the books ('cause the local bookstore only has about 10 books) and ended up buying The Last of the Mohicans, Ivanhoe, Black Beauty and Aesop's fables. I was sorely tempted by Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and a book about Celtic mythology, but I didn't have enough money. And then I almost missed my bus. I ran after it for four blocks (on ice:P) until it finally stopped.

Gabriele, I asked about Magnus and Erling, but they didn't really know any good books. Like I said, they mostly study stone age stuff here.

I'm off to bed. I hardly got any sleep last night because I sat up writing physics reports and doing social studies homework until 2 AM. I fell asleep during French today, lol.


Gabriele C. said...

The website of the Roman Park in Xanten didn't give much info, but I found a note that excavations take place in cooperation with the University Nijmegen, and I found the site of the Kunstgeschiedenis Department which also includes classical archaeology. No specific note there either, but an email and a phone number.

You should indeed consider learning German, there are lots of publications in that language, and if you study in the Netherlands, the German border and some Roman places won't be far away.

Good luck with Xanten. I might come and visit you there, my aunt lives in Kleve, which is some 40 minutes by bus from Xanten, and I could combine a visit to her with a trip to Xanten. *smile*

Thanks for asking about Erling and Magnus.

Gabriele C. said...

I found another address - the leader of the Archaeological Team in Xanten:

Dr. Norbert Zieling
Trajanstr. 4, 46509 Xanten
Telefon: 02801/712-117
Telefax: 0221/8284/2927
E-Mail: norbert.zieling@lvr.de

Celedë Anthaas said...

Wow, thanks Gabriele. I'll send out some e-mails to see if anyone can give me some info :)

Yeah, German would be cool. I've been looking around a bit for textbooks (my brother sold his old ones, of course). I've checked the school booklists, but the ones for firstyear German students are a bit expensive. Ah well, it'll have to wait until summer anyway.