Magnus Reuterdahl, wine writer, wine blogger, archaeologist, bon vivant, #winelover.
Magnus Reuterdahl is an archaeologist who works at the county administrative board, Östergötland County, Sweden. He has worked as a field archaeologist with surveys and excavations for several years all over Sweden and is specialized in osteoarchaeology (bones), surveys, cultural heritage issues and legislation (mainly Swedish legislation). Along the way he has worked for re-search projects, among them a couple in China, at museums and for private companies as well as for the Swedish state at different county administrative boards. He has got a master degree with dual majors, archeology and osteoarchaeology (bones) at Stockholm University.
He works with his two biggest interests – archaeology and wine. Wine started out as a hobby for Magnus. He says, “as I constantly travelled around due to my job as an archaeologist I found my wine community on-line through blogging and travelling. For the last 10 years this is what he has been digging, drinking, blogging, traveling, being a #winelover.”
He concludes: “Wine is culture and culture is what connect us – the glue of humanity. As you study the past it shows reflections of culture. Wine and how it was perceived then, what role it played in different societies shows us something about the people who made it, transported it, sold it and drank it. Culture leaves traces in our memories, in books and art but also in the ground and this helps us understand why wine is what wine is today. We leave traces ourselves: on-line, in articles, in books and sometimes even in museums. Together we mirror our time as much as people before us mirrored theirs. We can follow wine back to the Stone Age, then we can follow it through history, laying out a puzzle of amforas, glasses, bronzes, petrified grape seeds all the way up until today. Some winemakers have been doing that, looking back in the mirror picking up old techniques, working with old grapes being kind of experimental wine archaeologists. But there is also history in the making. Wine is being made in odd places such as Sweden. So far that is not a long history, it’s mostly the history of a few grapes, about 100 hectares of vineyards and 40-50 growers. Looking into that also gives us an idea of how development has been made in other parts of the world and in other times.”
If you have interest in “Wine & Archeology”, he is da man! 🙂
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Blog: Magnus Reuterdahls vinblogg: http://vinotinto.wordpress.com