Sundfjaera nedre seen towards south. Under the plastic in the foreground three dwellings lie in a row. One of these has charcoal-datings to around 3000 before present. Further back in the picture lies one of the two rectangular fireplaces from this site. The teams that were working here were led by lead by Jan Magne Gjerde, Alma Thuestad, Volker Demuth and Melanie Wrigglesworth.

Structures from Sundfjaera nedre . Most of the structures in Sundfjaera nedre lie in a terrain characterised by larger rocks and beach gravel. Due to the complicated topography, immediate recognition and functional determination of the structures may be difficult. In spite of this seven dwellings and two rectangular fireplaces have been localised. In addition several other structures, whose function cannot be determined yet, are known. Two radiocarbondatings witness about settlement from Early Metal Age.

Above: Structures 9 and 12, two rectangular fireplaces. Both are orientated along the ancient shoreline and measure about 1,5x0,5 metres. The fireplaces are constructed of larger rocks placed around an area filled with pebbles, ashes and charcoal.

Above, from left:

Photo of fireplace structure 12 placed inside a relatively well-defined dwelling, taken from above. The dwelling is dug down into the flat ancient beach, the walls consist of larger rocks than the floor area, which is flatter and more compact. The rectangular fireplace is visible in the center of the dwelling.

Situated close to the rockwall towards west, four dwellings lie in a row. The three upper dwellings appear as clear depressions in the ancient beach. Two of these are seen on the picture as darker colourings.

Excavation in Sundfjaera nedre.

Above, from left:

Pär is cleaning the area surrounding one of the rectangular fireplaces. This can be seen right behind the bucket in the center of the picture, it is orientated 1,5 metres in East-West direction.

Julie is digging a dwelling. This was placed between larger boulders for shelter.

Ceramics from Sundfjaera nedre. In 2001 ceramics grained with asbestos was found in the lower area of Sundfjaera nedre. The presence of this type ceramics is an indicative of the period Early Metal Age, and appears in most parts of northern Fennoscandinavia 1800-0 BC. The ceramic is often decorated with line- and textilepatterns. The ceramics from Sundfjaera nedre is characterised by bad preservational conditions, and is unearthed as fragmented and partly dissolved shards.

Above, from left:

The area where the ceramics were found in 2001 is seen to the right. The beach is here washed clean after being exposed for a year. At this years excavation the spatial distribution of the ceramics is being determined by opening 50 cm testpits every meter. Morten Olsen is digging testpits to localise cultural traces.

Volker used a porvisional tent to keep the field dry during the rainier days.

The ceramics from Sundfjaera nedre is characterised by bad preservational conditions, and is unearthed as fragmented and partly dissolved shards, as seen on the picture to the left.

It was therefore essential with delicate digging, something Morten demonstrates on the picture to the right.

Some finds from Sundfjaera nedre
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