I quite often get asked to comment on wooden bowls from excavations and for me it is very special to see, the work of turners from centuries ago who were using exactly the same tools and techniques as I use today. To see the toolmarks gives a direct connection to a craftsperson working 1000 years ago in a very tangible way. It is not often most folk get to see a bowl fresh from the ground before conservation so this is a rare opportunity. I am indebted to Karl-Magnus Melin for sending the photos. The bowl comes form a site at Lindängenlund outside Malmö in the south of Sweden current dating is just to “the Viking age” (edit c14 results show the bowl is dated 986±32BP.). The bowl is burr alder and I think it is a beauty, maybe I should make some like it.