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July 24, 1971

  • E-F/23-24: 1 box (big) of tiles

Worked in DEF/23-24 and G-J/27.

Work proceeded from grids D-F/25-26 westwards into grids DEF/23-24, to establish the extension of the earth-stone pack.  Work started in south grids (D/23-24), no stones being removed.

The concentrated stone fill containing big stones was found to extend over grid D/24, but in grid D/23 westwards, a rather thin tile layer appeared at same level (ca. 40 cm under ground surface); this layer has also been found in T-17.  The tile fragments are all rather small and worn.

The copmact stone-earth fill proper ceases in grids E/23-24, where stones are smaller and more scattered.  In E/23 and F/23-24, we seem to strike the same yellowish carbon-mixed stratum as we met before in G-J/23-26, and in D-26 on a higher level.  Among the scattered small stones and tile fragments lying on top of this stratum was found among other things a piece of gorgon antefix.

This stratum seems to continue under the tile layer in D-E/23.  Tile layer in D-E/23 excluded, no great quantities of tile (or pottery) above this stratum.  Work stopped before getting into it, to make photos and drawing possible.

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North-south profile A-J/26-27 photographed and drawn in the morning.  The stone-earth fill in D-G is visible in the morning light as an area of darker brown soil heavily mixed with stones, in contrast to the lighter grayish-brown soil to the north.  Even the border between the two areas quite distinct, with yellowish red-grayish red pezzettini of clay plaster showing up quite well.

North of this stone-earth fill, the con-

tinuing "tile line" of T-17 shows off quite well in the profile, with a tile layer of ab. the same depth as in T-17 with greatest concentration in G/26-27.

Stone fill, or part of it, from fallen north wall of building?  Tile line = tile roof, essentially outside stone fill?

When profile has been photographed and drawn, work starts in area G-J/27-28, pulling down northern part of profile.  In excavating this part, an attempt is made to keep stone fill area apart from the area of looser, drier, more grayish soil to the north of it, which is removed first.  Here some scattered tiles, stones, and pottery fragments and a few finds.  Pezzi of clay plaster indicated when border of this area and stone earth fill area is passed.

Thickness of cut: ab. 30 cm.  Level reached: ca. 70 cm below ground surface.

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Eva Rystedt. "ER I (1971-07-24):74-85; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 18/1971, ID:70". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/0071b52a-9e23-4845-9b56-155eaa91017b>

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