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Daily Log Entry for Tuesday, 14 July 2009



Trowelled in the eastern half of the trench. Trowelled in Locus 7 in order to bring it more down to the level of the floor of the trench. Some small chunks (2-3 cm across) of terracotta were found & 1 piece of ceramic was recovered. There were also a few small (pea sized) chunks of charcoal. Locus 9 was also trowelled. 4-5 small fragments of terracotta & 1 sherd of pottery were recovered. Additional rocks have appeared in the of the rock feature ( Locus 8 ). After defining the rocks & trowelling Locus 9 , photos of the rock feature were taken. After morning break, additional trowelling in Locus 9 was done and two of the smaller (5-6 cm) rocks sitting on top of one of the rocks forming the western boundary of Locus 9 were removed. Additional trowelling in Locus 9 has revealed another larger rock under the dirt that made up Locus 9 . The soil in 9 is much like that of Locus 5 , it is a yellowish olive color, very dry, very hard packed, and not as a clayey as the rest of the trench. It is more sandy, and is almost silt-like in texture. The soil of Locus 7 , which now consists of the soil under the concentration of rocks in the

NW corner appears to be similar to that of Locus 6 , the soil above the concentration of rocks. It is a yellowish-brown olive color. Finds from both loci include terracotta, ceramic, & a piece of worked bone. (Find #1). A second pick pass in Locus 7 & along the rocks of the stone feature & in the center of Locus 6 revealed similar results in soil & finds w/ the addition of 2 pieces of black slipped ceramic (Finds #2 & 3) & one nearby in Locus 6 (Find #4). While taking coordinates & elevations for finds 2-4, the fragments of Horse-Race frieze plaque was knocked out of the baulk wall. It was made into Find #5.

Morning Finds:

Find #1

Worked Bone

Locus 6

122 cm BD = 27.78 m abs elev

137.21 E, 39.22 S

Find #2

Black Slipped Pottery

Locus 7

121 cm BD = 27.79 m abs elev

136.59 E, 38.26 S

Find #3

Black Slipped Pottery

Locus 7

122 cm BD = 27.78 m abs. elev.

136.60 E, 38.41 S

Find #4

Black Slipped Pottery

Locus 6

123 cm BD = 27.77 m. abs elev

136.81 E, 38.28 S

Find #5

Horse-Race Frieze Plaque Fragment

Locus 6

104 cm BD = 27.96 m abs elev

137.03 E, 38.05 S


Picked through all of the bottom of the trench except for the rock feature. Both Locus 6 & 7 have a yellowish brown olive soil which is clayey in texture; although the soil in the area of Locus 7 is rather more yellow in color and slightly less clayey in texture. Pottery & terracotta fragments were recovered, including another piece of black-slipped pottery. Since Finds 2-4 all come from the same general area, this and any other black-slipped ceramic will just be collected together. A second pick pass was made through the floor of the trench, again excluding the rock feature. Terracotta & ceramic were recovered. Soil in Locus 7 & 6 continued to remain a yellowish brown.

Per Tony Tuck's instructions we are going to remove the backfill from the southern half of the trench. Since it is backfill, the soil in the southern half of the trench has all been declared Locus 10 . Photos were taken & opening points were measured. Excavation of the backfill be w/ shovel & pick.

Locus 10 Opening

(see diagram on pg 103 of JRV-II)

Locus 10 Opening Elevations:

1. 75 cm BD = 28.25 m abs elev

2. 80 cm BD = 28.20 abs elev

SE Corner: 96 cm BD = 28.04

SW Corner: 81 cm BD = 28.19

Locus 10 Opening Coordinates

1. 136.06 E, 39.60 S

2. 137.88 E, 39.54 S


Locus 9: Terracotta: 4 pcs

Ceramic: 2 pcs

Locus 7: Terracotta: 18 pcs (1/8 bowl)

Ceramic: 7 pcs

Locus 6: Terracotta: 5/6 Bowl

Ceramic: \xbd Latte Box

Bone: 2 pcs

Closing Elevations:

NW Corner: 125 cm BD = 27.75 m abs elev.

NE Corner: 126 cm BD = 27.74 m abs elev

SE Corner: 92 cm BD = 28.08 m abs elev

SW Corner: 81 cm BD = 28.19 m abs elev.

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Joseph R. Vansuch. "JRV II (2009-07-14):95-104; Daily Log Entry for Tuesday, 14 July 2009 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 56/2009, ID:616/Locus 6". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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