The ironworks plant is from the population migration period, from 440 to 650 AD. It is estimated that more than 50 tonnes of high quality stainless steel has been extracted from the oven. The use of these ovens was the start of a rapid technological development in the mountain areas at Hardangervidda. The iron became soemthing everyone could use as opposed to the elite bronze from the period before. This created better living conditions for all, better tools, hunting equipment and tools. It is believed that the iron was not used locally but transported on the river down to the river, on horseback riding and sledding through numbers to shoppers at the coast, or transported by Hardangervidda for remote export or in exchange for salt and other valuable goods westward. The coal pits at the pond and in the surrounding area were used from the year 800 until the Middle Ages.
The landowners in Smådøla Common Fløtning (1887 – 1980) built floating facilities, stables and house dwellings for the crews at Fossheim and Fauskodammen.
The dam is seen today as a 187 meter long stone wall on both sides of the river river. The dam was the largest in Småøl with a dam height of three meters. There was space for six horses in the stable.
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