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Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Work began today with the continuing of the use of handpicks and trowels to follow the soil change south and see if it continues across the entire trench. We are also defining around the large pieces of tile in the central meter of our Northern extension. In the north of our original trench, we would project that the rock feature running from T-79 in the west to T-81 in the east would run through T-78. However, we don't see a rock feature running through this area. Additionally, we will be defining the jagged rocks in the NW to see if they continue in any direction. Soil is still dark in the North (dark brown) but is light brown in the south.

Soil is being hand sorted over buckets and dumped into the wheelbarrow. Some tile and pottery have been recovered along with bone.

While rock defining in the NW, a piece of ridged bucchero was recovered ( Find #1 ), elevations and coordinates were taken.

Special Finds


\xb7 Locus 5

\xb7 27.07 mAE

\xb7 106.28E/38.16S

\xb7 Ridged bucchero

Using handpicks and trowels, work continued by defining Locus 5 and following the soil change throughout the trench. The new soil color is more yellowish and claylike compared to the original dark brown soil. The small grouping of large tile has yet to be recovered from

the central meter of the northern extension. Soil is being hand sorted over buckets and dumped into the wheelbarrow. Some pottery, tile, and bone have been recovered.

Using trowels and lightly hand-picking, we have bee defining the rock feature in the east of T-78 and into T-81 as well as following the soil change south towards T-66. Using trowels we also defined the large tiles in the north. In the rock feature to the east, terracotta and bone have been recovered, but overall tile, pottery, and bone have been recovered throughout the trench. Soil is being hand sorted over buckets and dumped into the wheelbarrow.


Work resumes in the central area of the eastern baulk

wall, now removed, in order to define the rock feature. Trowels and brushes are being used to clarify the relationship between the rocks and the nature of their deposition. Soil is dark brown and sandy with some claylike soil. Some pottery and few tile fragments have been found. Soil is hand sorted into buckets and dumped onto the wheelbarrow.

Once the soil change was fully uncovered and the rock feature in the east was brushed down, it was decided Locus 5 would be closed. Closing photos and elevations for Locus 5 were taken and it was closed. It was then decided that Locus 6 would be opened where the rock feature is and Locus 7 would be opened just south of where the rock feature should be running through the center of the trench. It was also decided that Locus 8 would be opened where the rock feature should have been to the

north. Opening photos and elevations for Locus 6, 7 , and 8 were taken and were opened.

Locus 5 closing elevations

\xb7 NW corner: 27.06 mAE

\xb7 NE corner: 27.11 mAE

\xb7 SE corner: 26.93 mAE

\xb7 SW corner: 26.87 mAE

Locus 6 opening elevations

\xb7 108.38E/39.91S: 26.82 mAE

\xb7 109E/40S: 26.83 mAE

\xb7 109E/42.13S: 26.87 mAE

\xb7 107.85E/41.48S: 26.95 mAE

Locus 7 opening elevations

\xb7 106E/40S: 26.94 mAE

\xb7 107.85E/41.48S: 26.87 mAE

\xb7 109E/42.13S: 26.95 mAE

\xb7 109E/43S (SE corner): 26.93 mAE

\xb7 106E/43S (SW corner): 26.87mAE

Locus 8 opening elevations

\xb7 NW corner: 27.06 mAE

\xb7 NE corner: 27.11 mAE

\xb7 109E/40S: 26.83 mAE

\xb7 108.38E/39.91S: 26.82 mAE

\xb7 107.85E/41.48S: 26.87 mAE

\xb7 106E/40S: 26.94 mAE

Work began in only Locus 7 with handpicks and trowels to bring the trench floor lower in search of floor surface and to define rocks in the SE. Soil is a medium yellow brown, claylike, with some white inclusions and little recovered artifacts. Mainly a small amount of bone and pottery have been recovered and little to no tile. In the southernmost central meter, decaying roots are being pulled up. In the northwest corner of Locus 7 , a piece of bronze fragment was recovered ( Find #2 ), coordinates and elevations were taken. Since little work was done, elevations weren't taken.

Special Finds


\xb7 Locus 7

\xb7 26.99 mAE

\xb7 106.83E/41.16S

\xb7 Bronze fragment

Locus 5

\xb7 Tile: 1/5 bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 71 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 24 fragments

Locus 7

\xb7 Tile: 1/30 bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 17 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 4 fragments

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK IX (2015-07-29):139-152; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 78/2015, ID:701/Locus 5". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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