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21 July 2017


Work began using hand picks and trowels to level out the extension and look for soil corresponding to Locus 3.  Due to it appearing that stones in Locus 4 and 6 are related both to one another and to stones in CA89, all stone features across CA87 loci are being defined and the soil between them is being very carefully removed and sorted.  All potentially diagnostic bone will also be found.  A diagnostic bone fragment was found.


Special Find #27: diagnostic bone


26.86 mAE


Two more diagnostic bone fragments were found.


Special Find #28:  diagnostic bone


26.79 mAE


Special Find # 29: diagnostic bone


26.79 mAE


More of the porous non-native stone was found.


Special Find #30: non-native stone


26.88 mAE


Another diagnostic bone was found


Special Find #31: diagnostic bone


26.87 mAE


While defining further in Locus 4, a diagnostic bone was found.


Special Find #32: diagnostic bone


26.81 mAE


In Locus 6, more non-native stone was found.


Special Find #33: non-native stone


26.89 mAE


More of the stone was found in two places.


Special Find #34: non-native stone


26.91 mAE


Special Find #35: non-native stone


26.84 mAE


Still in Locus 6, a diagnostic bone and decorated rocchetto fragment were found.


Special Find #36: diagnostic bone


26.79 mAE


Special Find #37: decorated rocchetto


26.88 mAE


Some carbon was found near the SW corner of Locus 6.  More was revealed in the same area.  Some lighter, hard packed soil was uncovered in the S end of the extension, adjacent to the Locus 4 stone feature.  The surrounding soil will be brought to level carefully using trowels to determine if it is an ancient surface.  In Locus 6, a partially vitrified piece of terra cotta was found.


Special Find #38: partially vitrified terra cotta


26.85 mAE



Work continued scraping the locus down carefully with trowels to the level of the possible surface.  Some concentration of pottery sherds is being found in one spot, around 1m from the N wall of the extension and 75cm from the W.  The surface seems possibly deliberate, and so it was decided to clean up the locus, defining stones, clipping roots, and trimming the baulk.  Any finds from the baulks will be treated as coming from a separate locus.  Approximately 3 buckets worth of Locus 6 soil was set aside for flotation testing.  While trimming, more porous stone was found in Locus 6.


Special Find #39: non-native stone


26.88 mAE


Any additional stone like this will be collected in bulk.  Closing elevations were taken.


Closing Elevations (extension):

NW: 26.86 mAE

NE: 26.98 mAE

SE: 26.87 mAE

SW: 26.76 mAE


End of Day Totals:

Locus 4:

Terra Cotta: 1 piece

Bone: 2 fragments


Locus 6:

Terra Cotta: ¼ bowl

Pottery: 46 sherds

Bone: 64 fragments


Baulk Trim:

Terra Cotta: 1/8 bowl

Pottery: 10 sherds

Bone: 10 sherds

Descriptive Variable Value(s)
Document Type Trench Book Entry
Start Page 61
End Page 71
Trench Book Entry Date 2017-07-21
Entry Year 2017
Trench CA87
Title CA87 (AJM) excavation, p. 61-71
Entry Type Excavation
Property or Relation Value(s)
Temporal Coverage
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Arthur J. Maroney. "CA87 (2017-07-21):61-71; Excavation from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate A/Civitate A87/CA87 2017". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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