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During the 2001 field season, a baseline was established for creatin a master grid for the site. In doin so, various irregular stone formations were discovered in the Civitate B area of the hill. The clearing and excavation of some of these formations indicated that they may have once served as tombs (see TT Bk. 1).

In 1992 and 1996, excavation confirmed that in fact at least two of these formations were archaic pit burials (See EN Bk IV). While material evidence from this area is fairly scant due to looting, the shape of the rock formations, as well as the included material were evidence enough that the rock formations were not natural.

During the 2005 field season, two new rock foramtions were identified as possible burials based on the orientation of surface outcropings. There trenches, CB-33 and 34, will be established over these formations with the hopes of better understanding burial form and custom during archaic habitation of the site.

Trench CB-34 will be established over the less pronounced of these formations. It is hoped that the less obvious nature of the rock packin will have sheltered it from subsequent looting. Due to the possible delicate nature of the material, as well as the importance of the materials orientation, coordinates will be kept for most recovered items. For information on excavation of the other rock packing, see CB-33 (ARN Bk. IV).

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Jason P. Bauer. "JPB IV (2005-07-11):3-6; Introduction from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate B/Civitate B 34/2005, ID:566". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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