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Daily Log Entry for Monday, 27 July 2009

Daily Log Entry for Monday, 27 July 2009


Picked the entire floor of the trench in 3 passes, one in each locus. Due to lack of time in the afternoon, Munsell readings were not taken when Locus 12 , 13 , & 14 were opened, and the intention was to take them this morning before work began, but the floor was too baked from exposure to the sun, so a pick pass was completed so that Munsell readings could be taken.

Locus 12 in the more archaeologically secure soil in the northern part of the trench is a brown color and while it is clay, it feels finer. The first pick pass pulled up a large amount of tile (more than 1 full bowl). There were also larger fragments (about 10 cm across). Ceramic & a few small (child's fist sized) rocks were recovered.

After picking the north, Locus 14 in the south was picked. The soil is slightly lighter in color, & it contained much fewer finds. The fragments of terracotta were also much smaller. After picking in the south, Locus 13 , the rock fill from an earlier trench, was picked. Some large, (15-20 cm long) rocks were removed. The soil is lighter & dryer and there were very few finds.

Per Tony Tuck's instructions, continued efforts in T-56 will only focus on the northern, archaeologically secure soil, with intact baulk walls. ( Locus 12 ). We may be now working in unexcavated in Locus 14 , since we are beneath the tarp from the backfill, but there are no viable baulk walls there. Focusing in the north will allow us to remove more archaeologically secure soil, and thus get a better idea of the stratigraphy.

The second pick pass in Locus 12 revealed soil consistent from earlier in the morning, but with not as many finds. It is brown & feels finer in texture than the rest of the trench. It also feels more than the rest of the trench & takes longer to "bake" in the sun. Finds include terracotta & ceramic, but there wasn\'t as much as from the first pick pass.

Munsell readings were also taken in the morning, after the second pick pass in Locus 12 .

Munsell Readings:

Locus 12: 10 YR 4/3 brown (dry)

2.5 Y 4/3 olive brown (wet)

Locus 13: 10 YR 4/3 brown (dry)

2.5 Y 5/3 light olive brown (wet)

Locus 14: 2.5 Y 4/2 dark grayish brown (dry)

2.5 Y 4/3 olive brown

Elevations of Soil Samples for Munsell Readings:

Locus 12: 160 cm BD = 27.40 m abs elev

Locus 13: 154 cm BD = 27.46 m abs elev

Locus 14: 163 cm BD = 27.37 m abs elev

Coordinates of Soil Samples for Munsell Readings:

Locus 12: 137.12 E, 38.47 S

Locus 13: 136.22 E, 39.22 S

Locus 14: 136.77 E, 40.39 S


Picked again in Locus 12 . The soil may be getting darker, but the "leg" of the Locus 12 that abuts the E baulk in the middle of the trench is still brown in color. Finds include terracotta & ceramic & a fragment of a feline face (Find #1).

Completed another pick pass in Locus 12 . Finds remained the same, but the soil is definitely exhibiting some darker, more claylike patches. These patches are appearing near the N baulk, while the soil is lighter and more brown as you go E & S.

Soil Changes in T-56

(See diagram in JRV-II, pg 163)

Finds from the second pick pass include terracotta & ceramic & bone.

A third pick pass was completed in Locus 12 . Darker patches are definitely appearing near the N baulk, & closer to the W end of the trench, while the soil is more brown & finer in texture as you go E & S. The dark patches are very clayey & almost black in color. Finds include terracotta, ceramic, & bone.

A final, light pick pass in Locus 12 was completed to level off the higher parts of the locus. Picking revealed some rocks about 10-15 cm across in the NW corner of the trench. Finds include terracotta, ceramic, & bone.


Locus 12: 2 bowls Terracotta

1   1/3 Latte Box Ceramic

1/2 Latte Box Bone

Locus 13: 26 pcs Terracotta (1/10 bowl)

4 pcs Ceramic

Locus 14: 55 pcs Terracotta (1/10 bowl)

8 pcs Ceramic

9 pcs Bone

Find #1

Feline Face Fragment

Locus 12 Bowl-Find

ca 164 cm BD = 27.33 m abs elev

NWesternmost meter of T-56

ca. 136-137 E

ca. 38 - 39 S



Closing Elevations:

NW Corner: 170 cm BD = 28.30 m abs elev

NE Corner: 167 cm BD = 28.33 m abs elev

SE Corner: 161 cm BD = 28.39 m abs elev

SW Corner: 168 cm BD = 28.32 m abs elev

Center: 153 cm BD = 28.47 m abs elev

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Joseph R. Vansuch. "JRV II (2009-07-27):159-168; Daily Log Entry for Monday, 27 July 2009 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 56/2009, ID:616/Locus 12". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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