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June 29, 1982


  • Tile: 14
  • Pottery: 7 1/2

Work with dental tools continued briefly in R/74.  No new ivory fragments were located.

Meters P-Q-R/82 were excavated to floor level at ~60 cm throughout most of the meters.  The rocks and tiles which had been left unexcavated were removed to expose the terracotta/mortar floor.  Work started with pickaxe and shovel but slowed to hammer and mestaline when the level was ~5 cm off the floor.  The upper soil was dark brown with a heavy concentration of tile while the soil above the floor was yellow.  At the join of these two soils in meter P/82, a large amount of glassy slag was found.  Pottery, mostly coarseware and orangeware, was present in the dark soil.



The 50 cm cut through meters M-O/77-79 was continued throughout the entire area.  The soil of this cut remained much as described yesterday afternoon.  A number of small stones were encountered and removed in meter M/77 at ~50 cm.

A new cut to ~70 cm, still above the floor level apparently due to the amount of tile still in the soil at 70 cm, was begun in meters O/77-79 and continued north into meters M/77-79.  The soil of this cut was an intense red-orange powder in O/79-78, but less so in O/77.  The soil of this cut in O/77 was more yellow-gray.  The red-orange powder contained tile and pottery.

Throughout the cut, there is still tile, yet not in any concentration to indicate a tile fall.  The soil throughout the 70 cm rut displayed bits of yellow plaster and carbonized wood and was generally red-brown to orange-brown.  Note that pithos fragments and large coarseware vessel fragments are being found.











  • Tiles: 4
  • Pottery: 2

Meters P-Q/82 were brought down to floor level after several large rocks were removed and ~1 1/2 cassette of tile.  One box of pottery was found.

The floor descends towards the NE corner of P/82, dropping to a depth of ~60-70 cm.  There also appears to be a break in the floor in meter P/82.  The soil just above the floor was yellow and powder and devoid of most everything but some tile which appeared to be above the floor.  The soil from ~40-55 cm was red-brown with bits of plaster and carbonized wood.

Work continued in meter R/74 with dental tools, excavating the soil surrounding the ivory fragments found previously.

The 70 cm cut was completed through meters M/77-79.  The cut actually goes to ~80 cm in the northern corner of M/77.  A new cut was begun in O/77-79 to ~80 cm.  In O/79-78, the soil was yellow-gray with little tile and stones appeared throughout and at ~80 cm.  In O/77-79, the soil was red-brown with bits of plaster and carbonized wood.  A large amount of tile and plaster fragments



were encountered and work changed to cleaning these down with hammers and mestiline.

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Mark Tobey. "MT V (1982-06-29):214-227; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1982, ID:112". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-03. Open Context. <>

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