[fade]↑ Field drawing of site B2. E18 Tvedestrand- Arendal project, 2015[/fade]
The examination of the site Sagene B2 revealed two find concentrations at 55 and 57 metres above the present sea level. Sagene B2 is thus the highest situated of all the sites investigated within the E18 Tvedestrand-Arendal project. Along with the nearby Sagene B4, it is also the oldest, dating back to about 9000 BC.
A total of about 6800 artefacts were collected during the investigation of the site. A high number of arrowheads constitute a striking feature in the assemblage, which indicates that the production and maintenance of tools and equipment for hunting has been the key activity at the site. Tools assumed to have been used for the processing of wood, meat, skin and bones, such as knives, scrapers and burins are considered to be too few for the site to be interpreted as a base camp. Instead, the site may have had special functions within a complex of several concurrent sites.
The radiocarbon date-result from a cooking pit demonstrates that the site was revisited during the Late Bronze Age, probably within the context of an increased grazing and / or the exploitation of land resources during this period.
(Source: K. Darmark (in print): Sagene B2 – Repeated Early Mesolithic occupations and a Bronze Age cooking pit. In: G. Reitan & L. Sundström (ed.): The Stone Age of Aust-Agder county, South Norway. Archaeological excavations in connection with the new E18 Tvedestrand-Arendal. Oslo, Cappelen Damm.)
[fade]↑ Model of excavated area of site B2 in eight layers composed of twenty parts and photographed together
[fade]← Sculpture of excavated area of site B2 consisting of twenty parts in eight layers, constructed in cardboard