Faced with a broad array of ancient Viking artifacts, Swedish archaeologists take the only sensible option and… junk the surplus.
Ola Wong from Svenska Dagbladet reports:
“What you do is to waste our story!” says Johan Runer, archaeologist at Stockholm County Museum.
Amulet rings from the Iron Age, like Viking weights and coins, belong to the kind of bargain that, as far as Runer knows, was previously always saved.
He tried to make an alarm in a debate article in the journal Popular Archeology (No. 4/2016), showing how arbitrary thinning occurred. Especially in archeological studies before construction and road projects, the focus is on quickly and cheaply removing the heritage so that the machine tools can handle.”
“Thinning” is a process in which State Historical Museums deliberately place restrictions on excavations to discover new artifacts and go out of their way to reduce the number of artifacts currently housed. The reason for this is that metallic objects, such as amulet rings, require more upkeep compared to ceramics. The museums lack funds to maintain these artifacts, but also do not want to create competition in antique markets or encourage robbers with metal detectors.
And so all but the most precious items are destroyed.
Wong comments on the issue:
“Now the question is what the riksantikvarie Lars Amréus, or the cultural minister, is thinking about? They are responsible for the cultural heritage of Sweden and the destruction of history takes place during their shift.”
Sweden’s government is allowing, if not outright encouraging, the cultural genocide of its own people. Evidently the influx of migrants was not enough and any memory of its native people must be methodologically purged from memory.
We are witnessing a cultural suicide. There is no recovering what has already been destroyed, and at this stage odds are poor for Swedes being galvanized into saving what remains of their heritage.
Left-wingers across the globe fear nationalism in large part because of the monster that was the Third Reich. Sweden, however, has found its own beast. At the opposite end of the spectrum is a capacity for self-loathing so great that nothing of a nation’s own identity is worthwhile.
They would do better to avoid either extreme.
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