Sättuna Fieldwork Summary

We finished digging today. Tomorrow I'll take a few more charcoal samples and return the tools to the units that lent them to me. The dig closes eight days earlier than planned.

A week and a half of digging has identified the following phases on site, none of which were known to us beforehand:

  • Scattered lithics, knapped and then abraded by wave action on a beach. Mainly quartz, some hälleflinta/leptite, a little flint, one chip off a ground greenstone axe. Also a complete greenstone adze that permits us to date the assemblage to the Middle Neolithic about 3000 cal BC, but more likely the Late Mesolithic about 4500 cal BC, say the experts.
  • Many functionally anonymous pits, many hearths and a few postholes, all probably dating from the centuries around AD 1. Radiocarbon will tell. The only identifiable structure among them is a line of six apparent fence posts. No datable artefacts.
  • Some 19th and 20th century refuse pits.

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